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Cooperstown police station shooting trial re-scheduled to May
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The trial of a teenager accused of shooting another teen inside the Cooperstown Police Station in April 2010 has been postponed until May.
Anthony Pacherille, 16, stands accused of chasing down classmate Wesley Lippitt with a gun and chasing him into the village police station and then shooting him, before shooting himself. Pacherille had originally been expected to go to trial this week, but the trial has since been re-scheduled after an expert witness for the defense could not make the trial date, Otsego County District Attorney Jon Muehl said.
Late last fall, a judge threw out a statement that Pacherille made to Sheriff's Investigators while in the hospital the afternoon of the shooting.
Pacherille wrote on a yellow legal pad the statement "I drove around and tried to kill N*****S," according to an Investigator. However, a judge said Pacherille was not read his Miranda rights, and the statement will not be used in the trial.
Pacherille, who is white, was facing hate crime charges for allegedly chasing down classmate Wesley Lippitt, who is black, with a gun, chasing him into the village police station and then shooting him, before shooting himself.