Suspect in deputy's death in court today
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:33:16 GMT —
The man accused of shooting and killing an Oneida County Sheriff's deputy was arraigned in Oneida County Court Friday morning.
Christian Patterson, 41, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated murder for the shooting death of deputy Kurt Wyman. He also plead not guilty to a charge of aggravated attempted murder for shooting at David Nowakowski, an Oneida County investigator, and Deputy Thomas Larkin.
The indictment also charges Patterson with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree, and harassment in the 2nd degree.
Patterson will continue to be held in the Oneida County jail without bail. Trial is tentatively scheduled for December 5th. If convicted of the top charge he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Patterson had held deputies at bay during an overnight standoff at his home in the hamlet of Knoxboro in June. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says police believed Patterson was going to harm himself when they moved in, firing foam bullets to disable him. It was during that move authorities say Patterson began shooting at deputies, killing Wyman.
Patterson was also shot when officers fired back. His lawyer, Oneida County Chief Public Defender Frank Nebush, says Patterson has been dealing with medical problems ever since.
"Medically, he has some problems," says Nebush. "He was shot and has had a number of medical procedures, and he's being taken care of at the infirmary at the jail right now."
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza says he hopes the case will have a just outcome.
"Our mission as prosecutors is to present the case, to do so thoroughly and completely and to put the matter in the hands of a jury," says Coluzza. "I hope that justice is served."
Wyman's wife went into labor after hearing the news of her husband's death and delivered a baby girl .
A benefit will be held for Deputy Wyman's family Saturday morning at the Vernon National Shooting Preserve in Vernon Center.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. Attendees will have the chance to participate in a clay pigeon shooting competition.
The money raised will help Deputy Wyman's wife and children during this difficult time.
"W e were pretty shocked by what happened, and we're in the healing process stage right now, " says Mike Simmons, one of the event's organizers. "T his event, getting people together, is part of that . "
The event will also feature a steak dinner, raffles, and prizes.
Days later, hundreds of law enforcement, along with Wyman's family and friends, paid tribute to his dedication to the community .