COPY-Juror dismissed, alternate seated in 2nd day of James Island stabbing trial

A juror in a James Island stabbing trial was dismissed Wednesday morning before the second day of testimony began.

The trial of Robert Kronsberg, who is charged in the fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Tasha Lucia, began Tuesday morning.

Judge Roger Young said one juror apparently knows Kronsberg's father. The juror was dismissed and an alternate juror was selected.

Chief Public Defender Ashley Pennington was not in court because of surgery, but Kronsberg said he wanted the trial tocontinue without that her.The second day of testimony began with forensic details from Charleston Police forensic investigators and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, who collected and examined evidence at the scene of Lucia's death.

In opening arguments Tuesday morning, Prosecutor Jessica Baldwin claimed an argument about Lucia's ex-boyfriend led to the murder. Kronsberg's defense attorney, Public Defender Charlie Cochran countered that the case is really about what was going on in his heart that night.Co-workers and friends of Lucia testified they went to the apartment the couple shared when they couldn't reach Lucia by phone. They testified that they gained entry into the apartment by going through a window and discovered Kronsberg snoring loudly in one bedroom and Lucia's body covered with a blanket that concealed a knife sticking out of her chest in another bedroom.

Krosberg is accused of stabbing Lucia 15 times in February of 2013.


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