Homicide trial jury selected
A jury of three men and nine women were seated Tuesday in the homicide trial of William J. Kemp, 32, of 652 Fifth Ave.
Four alternates, two men and two women, also were selected. The 3 1/2-hour selection process narrowed the jury from a pool of 80 candidates. The trial, which will be heard by Judge Marc E. Lovecchio, will begin Sept. 9 and is expected to last at least until Sept. 17.
Kemp is accused of the Feb. 13, 2012, slaying of Thomas Schmitt Sr., 42, of Allentown. Investigators believe Kemp met Schmitt for the first time just minutes before allegedly retreiving a handgun from his SUV and firing several shots, striking Schmitt in the head and neck, according to reports. Schmitt was pronounced dead on arrival at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
The altercation began after Kemp gave Schmitt’s roommate, Kirsten Radcliffe, a ride home from the bar. Schmitt had been staying with Michael Updegraff and Updegraff’s girlfriend, Radcliffe, at 1017 Franklin St., since the previous December.
When Updegraff asked Kemp to leave, Kemp allegedly refused, fetched a firearm from his vehicle and began firing. After Schmitt was shot, Updegraff and Kemp struggled for control of the weapon until police arrived, according to reports.
Kemp has been incarcerated without bail at the Lycoming County Prison since his arrest.
He is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime and two counts of reckless endangerment. Kemp pleaded not guilty to all charges.