Oneonta murder suspect released from custody; not enough evidence to hold

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - According to the Otsego County District Attorney, the Oneonta man who was accused of second-degree murder has been released from jail, as there is no longer enough evidence to hold him there.

William Sprague III, 27, was released on his own recognizance at 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a bail hearing in Otsego County Court, court officials said.

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said new physical evidence came to light around noon Wednesday, but would not discuss the nature of the evidence.

A felony hearing was supposed to take place Tuesday, in Oneonta city court, however both Sprague's attorney and the Otsego County District Attorney requested more time. The matter was adjourned until Tuesday November 23rd.

Over this past weekend a witness saw Sprague and a friend carrying an unresponsive Sonya Ridge into an Oneonta apartment. Oneonta police say after they interviewed both Sprague and his friend, it was Sprague who was charged with second degree murder.

According to Oneonta police chief, Joseph Redmond, Sonya Ridge had bruises and bleeding on her brain.

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