SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The trial of the man accused of killing 20 year-old Amanda Plasse got underway in Springfield Wednesday.
Dennis Rosa-Roman was at Hampden Superior Court for the opening of his murder trial. Proceedings were expected to begin at around 9:30 A.M., but court went into recess a short time later, after a juror provided a reason that she could not serve on the case.
Once that matter was sorted out, the jurors boarded a bus to tour four locations in Chicopee, including Plasse’s home and Rosa-Roman’s home.
Plasse was found stabbed to death in her third-floor apartment on School Street in Chicopee back in August of 2011. Her killing remained unsolved for about two years until Rosa-Roman was tied to the crime through DNA evidence.
Rosa-Roman has insisted that someone else had stabbed Plasse, and that he was only trying to help her. He has been held without the right to bail since his arrest in November of 2013.