Jury selection was scheduled to take place on Monday morning in the state's case against a man accused of fatally shooting a woman as she was walking along South Main Street in Rochester.

Justin Belanger, 22, of Rochester, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and falsifying physical evidence after he allegedly killed Billy Jo Ahearn on June 5, 2018.

Ahearn was shot one time in the pelvis at about midnight. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, located between the now-shuttered Friendly's and The Emily Cross House, they found Ahearn with a man and woman.

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Ahearn died soon after arriving at a local hospital.

An investigation revealed that on the day before the shooting, Belanger was allegedly arguing with the man who was found with Ahearn. Police had been called to Waldron Avenue and Lafayette Street for reports of a disturbance and shots fired.

The motive for the shooting has not been publicly revealed by law enforcement officials.

Belanger's trial is scheduled to take place from Sept. 27 to 30, as well as on Oct. 1.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com. 

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