April 30, 2013

Jury selected for one accused in Keeseville death


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Scott E. Denno, accused of manslaughter in the beating death of Robert Rennie, goes on trial today.

A single day in Essex County Court saw complete jury selection today, Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said.

Separate trials will be held for the three men accused of killing the Keeseville resident last summer.

Denno is charged with first-degree manslaughter, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Rennie, a single father, was found lifeless on Aug. 26, 2012, his body on a path near a park area not far from his home.

A police investigation and autopsy found he died from internal injuries after a severe beating.

Arrested in connection with the man’s death were Denno, 19; Michael D. Rivers, 36; and Paul J. Taylor, 39; all residents of Keeseville.

Taylor faces a charge of homicide, while Rivers is also charged with manslaughter.


The alleged gang killers were indicted by an Essex County grand jury last October. All three pleaded not guilty.

Albany attorney Joe Brennan was retained by the Essex County Public Defender’s Office to represent Denno.

Jury selection for Rivers begins May 21, with his trial to follow.

Along with first-degree manslaughter, he is charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.


Taylor is charged with second-degree murder, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jury selection for his trial is scheduled to begin in June, according to the court.

Taylor, who has a previous felony conviction, has been held without bail.

Denno and Rivers were held on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.

All three men have remained incarcerated in the Essex County Jail since their arrest.

The trial begins at 9:30 a.m.

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