ALBANY, NY. - Opening statements for the trial involving the Albany teen accused of stabbing an Albany High School Track standout Tyler Rhodes in Hoffman Park last April could begin Wednesday.
Nine jurors have been seated, they need 12 to begin opening statements. Jury selection for the trial has been going on for the past few days and has been difficult as many people have already seen cell phone video that shows the fight including the alleged stabbing.
Jah-Lah Tyree Vanderhorst, 17, is facing 2nd murder charges after police say he stabbed Rhodes during a fight in Hoffman Park. The incident happened on April 30, 2011 and someone in that crowd caught the fight on camera.
The victim, Tyler was known for being a track standout while he attended Albany High School and died from the stabbed wounds he received that day.
IF you take a look at the video, you see Rhodes in blue, and then you see Vanderhorst come into frame. He's wearing white. Police say during the fight Vanderhorst first brandished a knife and then stabbed Rhodes.
This is the second time Rhodes family will have to re-live his death. In February, Dhoruba Shauib was charged with manslaughter for his role in the fight. He was sentenced to 21 years behind bars.
If Vanderhorst is convicted he faces 25 years to life in prison.