Patterson indicted on murder charges

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man accused of fatally shooting an Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy during a standoff in Knoxboro in June has now been indicted by a grand jury on murder charges.

Christian Patterson has been indicted in the incident that led to the fatal shooting of Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman on June 7, 2011.

According to the indictment in Oneida County Court, Patterson faces charges of aggravated murder in the death of Deputy Wyman, along with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, meaning he had intent to cause death. The alleged targets of those attempted murder charges were Oneida County Sheriff Investigator David Nowakowski and Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Larkin, the indictment states.

The fourth charge in the indictment is criminal possession of a weapon, and the fifth and final charges is second-degree harassment.

According to the indictment, Patterson knew or should have known that the people he was shooting at were officers going about their duty.

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