The ex-boyfriend of a woman who was critically injured in an attack at her Norwich trailer park home is now charged with her murder.
Danielson was originally charged with attempted murder and robbery, but Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said they amended the charges, upping the most serious to murder second degree, after Knoll died.
The DA also tells us that with the continuing investigation, and the waiting on lab results on DNA and other evidence, it could be 4 to 6 months before the case goes to trial at the Chenango County Courthouse. There's another appearance for suspect Danielson on Thursday in Norwich City Court, when the District Attorney will have to show "reasonable cause to believe the defendant committed this crime." If the judge agrees there is enough evidence, the case will go to a grand jury, which sits next month and could issue the formal indictment that will lead to the actual trial.
According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Department, 39-year-old Lucinda Knoll was attacked and robbed by 48-year-old William Danielson of Oxford around 6:45 Friday morning, in the driveway of her trailer on Bourbon Street. In Norwich City Court on Monday, the charges read against Danielson by the judge specified that he hit her on the head several times.
Lucinda Knoll was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City for serious head trauma, and remained in critical condition until she died from her injuries at 6pm Sunday night.
The Chenango County Sheriffâ??s Department is still asking anyone who was in the area of Maple Grove Trailer Park on Friday morning and who may have seen any suspicious activity to please call 607-337-1921 or 607-337-1863. Sheriff Ernest Cutting has a news conference planned to update the investigation on Tuesday morning.
Knoll leaves three young sons, and her family has set up a
. At last check, it had raised close to $6,000 for the children.