Bail hearing canceled for alleged Cooperstown shooter; new attorney hired


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The bail hearing for the teen accused of shooting another teen inside the Cooperstown Police Station will wait another week before their bail hearing.

The hearing for Anthony Pacherille was not held on Friday, May 21 as originally planned. It was rescheduled for later in the month, because Pacherille has hired a new attorney.

The 16 year old accused of shooting classmate Wesley Lippett inside the village police station with a .22 caliber rifle is now being represented by E. Stewart Jones, from Troy, N.Y.

NEWSChannel 2 obtained a copy of the written statement Pacherille gave to police on April 2, the night the shooting took place.

In that statement, Pacherille wrote "I drove and tried to kill the n*****s. (racial expletive)"

Pacherille is now facing charges of hate crimes. Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl says they are the first hate crimes to be prosecuted within the county.

Muehl says that confidential evidence presented to a grand jury show Pacherille's crimes were racially motivated.

"He discussed his dislike of certain racial groups," Muehl says. "The grand jury found he selected his victim because of his color."

Pacherille is scheduled to appear in court next on May 28.

Calls to Pacherille's current attorney, E. Stewart Jones, were not returned.

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