Opening arguments begin today in Belstadt murder trial

Mar 12, 2020

After nearly three days of proceedings, a jury has been selected for the trial of Joseph Belstadt, the man accused of killing teenager Amanda "Mandy" Steingasser in 1993.  Rick Pfeiffer has been following the story for the Niagara Gazette. He says the judge and prosecutors are taking a thorough and deliberate approach in the case. With the amount of publicity the cold case has generated, some are concerned that a guilty verdict could face an appeal. While opening arguments are taking place today, Pfeiffer says over 60 witnesses may be called in a trial that will likely last several weeks.