Trial of Man Accused of Torturing His Half Sister Begins

April 12, 2011 Updated Apr 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

April 12, 2011 Updated Apr 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM EDT

Opening arguments are expected to begin first thing this morning in court in the abuse and torture case of Luke Wright. Monday, Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico chose the last jurors, putting six women and six men on the jury that will decide the fate of Wright.
The first witness expected to be called to the stand by prosecutors this afternoon is the doctor that performed the autopsy on Cummings.

Wright is accused of incest and sexual assault of his half sister Laura Cummings before the siblings' mother Eva Cummings murdered her.
Although Wright has not been found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial, he is mentally disabled.

Defense attorney John Nuchereno is also claiming that Wright was abused, along with his many half brothers and sisters. Nuchereno claims that Wright nor his siblings knew the difference between right and wrong. He is expected to call numerous mental health experts.

"Luke himself has been the victim of sexual abuse in his lifetime. Other members of the family have also been subject to humiliation and physical violence," Nuchereno said.

The siblings mother Eva Cummings, 51, was sentenced to 52 to life in prison last November for suffocating her daughter to death in January of 2010.

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