UTICA – The Utica man accused of killing another man in a stabbing incident on John Street earlier this year needs more time to decide on a plea offer.
Edmond Hyatt, 35, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection to 40-year-old Nicholas White’s death.
Around 6 a.m. March 16, Utica police responded to the second floor of 705 John Street for a reported stabbing, where they found White with a serious chest wound and Hyatt with minor cuts.
Hyatt was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder, but the charge was upgraded to second-degree murder when White died of his injuries at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
In Oneida County Court on Wednesday, Hyatt’s attorney asked for more time to decide on a plea offer so that his client could have a psychiatric exam. Hyatt was offered a plea deal at the beginning of May, but the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office has not released details on that offer.
Hyatt is due back in Oneida County Court on June 27.
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