Opening statements set for today at trial

FONDA- Opening statements were scheduled to begin today in the murder trial of Ivan “Big Man” Ramos.

Jurors have been selected in the murder trial, according to Montgomery County District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy.

Conboy said 12 jurors and two alternatives were selected Tuesday.

Ramos, 30, was indicted in September on two charges of first-degree murder as well as two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the March 2012 stabbing of Cheryl Goss and William McDermott inside McDermott’s apartment.

Police previously said the investigation mainly hinged on several pieces of possible DNA evidence being analyzed by the state police crime lab.

The indictment was not the first news of Ramos’ possible connection to the double homicide.

A few days after the bodies were found, Ramos was charged with possession of property stolen from a yard in McDermott’s neighborhood. Though he was not then identified as a suspect in the murders, at the time police said he was interviewed as a potential witness. Police said he had stolen a sheet metal brake from the yard at 288 Locust Ave. in February. The yard is less than two blocks from the home of McDermott.