UTICA – The man accused of killing Thomas Shepherd Jr. outside of Sammy G’s bar in Rome over the summer and then eluding police for nearly two weeks appeared in Oneida County Court today.
Robert Coffin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the August 19 shooting death of Thomas Shepherd Jr. In court today, Judge Rob Bauer granted many of the defense’s motions, including their request for hearings regarding the manner in which police obtained statements from Coffin and whether or not any possible prior bad behavior by Coffin can be brought up if he testifies at trial.
Bauer also granted the defense’s requests for a list of witnesses, and their request for police and arrest reports, and prior witness statements. Those hearings are scheduled for January 24, and Coffin will remain in the Oneida County Jail until then.
Several members of the victim’s family were in court today.