Jury selection begins in Newburgh boy's murder

GOSHEN - Jury selection is under way in the murder trial of a Newburgh man accused of killing his girlfriend's young son.

Yul Bookal, the father of 4-year-old Marc Bookal, says he's hoping he will soon have justice for his son.

The boy vanished in Dec. 2009 while being in the care of Cory Byrd. After several months of searching, police found the 4-year-old's body stuffed into a plastic bag in a wooded area near his home. Byrd, who was dating Marc's mother at the time, was eventually charged with his death.

Byrd's attorney, Joe Brown, says it will be challenging selecting a jury for what is expected to be a lengthy trial.

Today, the judge asked the potential jurors if they had read or watched any coverage of this case, and if they could handle being on a jury that involved the alleged murder of a child.

Jury selection is expected to continue tomorrow. The judge says opening statements will begin Thursday or Friday.

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