Brahney faces new charges following alleged murder of Bridget Bell

Ryan Brahney / photo: Auburn Police

Accused murderer Ryan Brahney appeared before Cayuga County Court Judge Thomas Leone Wednesday morning to answer additional charges as friends and relatives of his alleged victim looked on.

Brahney is accused of the Monday morning stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend Bridget Bell.

District Attorney John Budelmann reviled that in addition to second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon Brahney faced new charges of criminal contempt in the first degree and burglary in first degree.

Brahney's attorney Simon Moody entered a plea of not guilty on his client's behalf.

The DA said the case is going before a Grand Jury, and Moody reserved Brahney's right to testify before that Grand Jury.

Judge Leone remanded Brahney to the Cayuga County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Moody, after the prosecution, told CNY Central TMs Jim Kenyon that they are reviewing the case file including statements from Brahney's relatives and others who said that he confessed to the murder of the ex girlfriend, the mother of their son.

Moody also said that his client will undergo a psychological evaluation. He stopped short of saying they would go for insanity defense but he did indicate that the nature of the crime was very violent. Bell had been stabbed several times with a kitchen knife at her apartment in the Olympia Terrace Apartments " their 3-year-old son was sleeping at the time and was not harmed.

It was an emotional scene outside the court house as relatives and friends of Bridget Bell gathered and were seen consoling each other.

A family member of Bell, who only gave his name as Brian, called for Brahney to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Kristie Dougherty told Kenyon that she was best friends with Bell. She said it was difficult to see to Brahney in court. She said Brahney has been insane for years.

The new criminal contempt charge stems from an earlier incident two years ago in which Brahney assaulted Bell and was sentenced to a year in jail.