Eghill murder trial begins in Dukes County Superior Court

State police and Tisbury police responded to the stabbing on Spring Street, in June 2011. — File photo by Nelson Sigelman

Jury selection began Tuesday in Dukes County Superior Court in the murder trial of Ovando S. Eghill. He is accused of stabbing Michael M. Trusty to death in Vineyard Haven on June 14, 2011.

Mr. Eghill, 32 at the time of the crime, is charged with second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. Nine jurors were selected Tuesday. Jury selection is expected to continue Thursday.

Mr. Eghill, a Jamaican national with legal residency, claims he acted in self defense when Mr. Trusty, also a Jamaican national, attacked him with a machete following a confrontation at the home of a mutual friend on Spring Street.

Mr. Eghill and his wife had arrived at the house of a family friend, Stacy Costas, according to the police report. Ms. Costas was watching the couple’s two children. Ms. Eghill’s ex-husband, Mr. Trusty, was also there to pick up the child they shared.

It was just coincidence, but when both men left, an argument ensued. Mr. Trusty retrieved a machete from inside the cab of his truck, according to police reports. Mr. Eghill was armed with a work knife.

Mr. Trusty, a painter by trade, died in Beth Israel Hospital in Boston on June 18, four days after the confrontation.