The murder trial of Candace Croff Cartagena, accused of suffocating her 8-year-old daughter, has been postponed for three months after her attorney, John R. Nuchereno, withdrew to receive inpatient treatment for a pre-existing medical issue. Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk had scheduled jury selection to begin March 18, but it has been rescheduled for June 9 to give her new attorney, Joseph J. Terranova, time to prepare for the trial.
Police in November 2010 found Bianca Cartagena’s body in her mother’s East Amherst home. Her body was in her mother’s bedroom. Her mother was found moaning and mumbling in the family’s backyard shed. The mother tried to kill herself by taking six different medications.
Cartagena was facing marital problems, unemployment and a house in foreclosure.
The case is being prosecuted by Thomas J. Finnerty and Kristin St. Mary of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.