Trial date set for man charged in August murder

OBSERVER File Photo Brian M. Korzeniewski was arrested following the Aug. 19 death of his neighbor, Michael A. Bull, outside his East Sixth Street apartment in Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man accused of killing his neighbor over the summer is scheduled to go to trial in June.

According to court records, jury selection in the second-degree murder case of Brian M. Korzeniewski is set to begin June 5 in Chautauqua County Court in front of Judge David Foley. Korzeniewski, who is being represented by the Public Defender’s Office, was indicted by a grand jury in the Aug. 19 death of his neighbor, Michael A. Bull.

Police said Bull, 54, died as the result of blunt-force trauma after he was found outside his East Sixth Street apartment by Jamestown officers. Korzeniewski, who was 51 at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody that morning and later charged with Bull’s murder.

In a series of interviews following his death, Bull’s sister, Jeanne Johnson, said she had reconnected to her brother after many years apart. Johnson said her brother and Korzeniewski had been friends, so she was shocked to learn of Bull’s death.

“It’s all been very sad,” Johnson said in an interview in October. “I feel bad for Brian. I know he’s had a lot going on, and I really hope he gets the help he needs.”

Police have not released a possible motive for the killing. Johnson said she saw Korzeniewski two days before the murder when her brother helped him get in through a window after being locked out of the apartment.

“It just seemed so out of character,” Johnson said of Korzeniewski in a previous interview.