Suspect Accused Of Killing Deputy Wyman Pleaded Not Guilty
Utica, NY (WIBX) - The suspect who stands accused of killing Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman pleaded not guilty to all the counts he's facing in Oneida County Court this morning during his arraignment hearing. Chief Public Defender, Frank J. Nebush, Jr. says he's preparing his client for trial. "So, they'll be discovery and other procedural things prior to this case going to trial." He goes onto say, "What happens now is that this case has been set down for motions and I have discovery to do, get papers and other items from the District Attorney Office in regards to this case and I have a chance to review those and to make any motions that I think are necessary."
He said he's had extensive conversations with his clients but did not reveal details of those conversations with the suspect, 41-year-old Christian M. Patterson. Deputy Wyman was shot and killed after a 5 hour stand off with Patterson. Officials were responding to a domestic dispute call when the suspect barricaded himself in the garage of his home. Patterson was shot several times by other Deputies after he shot Wyman.
The next court dates are set for September 20th and 27th, to present and answer motions from both sides. The trail is tentatively scheduled for December 5th. Patterson is facing one count of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree harassment.