Haffa jury selection more than two months away

MAYVILLE — With a mistrial granted last week, jury selection in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case won’t be for another two months.

A pre-trial conference was held Friday morning in Mayville as District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Public Defender Ned Barone appeared before the Hon. David Foley. A jury selection date was subsequently set for Nov. 28.

Haffa, of Cheektowaga, is facing first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer. The charges stem from a Sept. 11, 2016, incident in which he allegedly fought with deputy Sara Cunningham during a field sobriety test.

It’s alleged that he wrestled with her on the ground, pointed a knife at her and took her gun before fleeing the scene on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret.

If convicted of the charges, he could face 25-years-to-life in state prison.

Last week, Foley declared a mistrial after Barone said he didn’t receive a DNA report from the District Attorney’s Office before trial or prior to the prosecution resting its case. The report was discussed during testimony by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Investigator Kristie Lyon.

The report reference during trial pertained to a shirt alleged to be worn by Haffa and his fingernail clippings obtained after the Sept. 11 incident. Barone said last week the mistrial was a good result given they were denied the opportunity to examine the report.

Swanson acknowledged the matter falls on his office. He said he had every intention to hand the report over.

Haffa remains incarcerated at the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.