Day One in the Cruz Trial

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WINCHESTER, Va. (WHSV) -- A Winchester woman is facing the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison.

Sherry Lee Cruz set her house on fire in June 2013 and killed her two-year old son, Christian, according to police.

The trial began at about 9 a.m. Monday leading to an emotional day inside the Frederick And Winchester Judicial Center.

Fourteen jurors have been chosen to take on this trail; trying to determine whether or not Cruz is guilty of first-degree murder, arson, four felony counts of child neglect and felony murder.

Cruz pleaded not guilty during her arraignment earlier Monday.

The Commonwealth's Attorney, who is going against her in this case, has already begun to pull witnesses to give testimony and several have already taken the stand.

The firefighters and some of the witnesses who spoke in court Monday said it was very difficult time.

One firefighter who actually pulled the two-year-old from the house broke down in tears as he spoke.

What a picture showing Christian following the fire, after he had died, was displayed Sherry broke down in tears.

Tuesday, on day two of the trial, Cruz's attorney's will have the opportunity to call witnesses.

The judge said the trial may go one or two extra days.


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