Man charged in Rome murder case after 4-month investigation

Derrick D. Carter

A Utica man has been arrested and charged in the death of 50-year-old Charles Digristine, who was found dead in his Rome home back in March.

A 4-month investigation led Rome Police to Derrick Carter, 24. He was arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and is currently being held in the Oneida County Jail.

Police found Digristine shot multiple times in his home at 115 Lawrence Street in late March. There were no signs of forced entry, and police did not believe the act was random.

Less than one week later, another man was shot to death on Stevens Street, just three miles away. That man, 32-year-old Jason Oates also went by the alias "Clutch " or "Klutch," according to police. He was from Alabama, but had lived in Rome for a few years.

Police say he continued to travel back to Alabama while living upstate.

Investigators did not believe the Stevens Street shooting was related to Digristine's death, though they did say in both cases, they felt the victims knew the suspects.

Rome Police continue to investigate Oates' death. If you have any information that may be helpful, you may call police at (315) 339-7715. Anonymous email tips can be left on the department's website.