The trial is underway for a Broome County man charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of a New York State Trooper responding to a domestic violence call in Deposit on June 23.

Jury selection began in Broome County Court November 15 for 44-year old Scott Mawhiney.

Photo: New York State Police (file)
Photo: New York State Police (file)

He faces up to 20 years to life in prison if convicted of attempted murder in the wounding of Trooper Ryan Thorp.

New York State Police and Broome County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on Sunrise Terrace in Deposit when shots rang out and Trooper Thorp was wounded in the arm with a shot from a 20-gage shotgun.  He was able to apply a tourniquet himself and was assisted back to a patrol car by a deputy.  Thorp is still recovering from his injuries following several surgeries.

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In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Mawhiney is charged with assault, criminal possession of a fire arm, harassment and other counts. The Deposit man pleaded not guilty to a nine-count indictment in July.

He was granted bail in August after his attorney successfully argued the events of June 23 were not consistent with his client’s behavior and Mawhiney was not a threat.  The setting of bail upset the Troopers’ union, which objected to the action.

Opening arguments were expected November 16.

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