Jury selection begins in NY mutilation case
CANTON, N.Y. — Lawyers are picking a jury to hear the case against an upstate New York man accused of torturing and mutilating another man.
Harry Klages (KLAY’-jes) II is accused of torturing 51-year-old Andrew Lesperance (les-pur-AHNTS’), mutilating both of his eyes, slicing open his abdomen and mutilating his genitals. The attack happened after a party in January 2008 at Klages’s apartment in Massena, about 160 miles north of Syracuse on the U.S.-Canadian border.
Police learned about the attack after an intoxicated Klages called his father to say he had done something he wasn’t very proud of.
Authorities have charged the 26-year-old Klages with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. The trial is taking place in St. Lawrence County Court.