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Giacona case adjourned while prosecution examines psychiatric findings

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The murder case of a 14 year old boy charged with shooting his father in the face in his Vernon home has been adjourned until April 8th while the prosecution reviews psychiatric reports and records.

Joseph Giacona III was examined by the defense's expert, and now the prosecution will have its own experts take a look at the psychiatric findings before they decide how to proceed.

At approximately 3:14 p.m. on January 24, 2008, Oneida County 911 received a call from Giacona III, who stated that he had arrived home from school and found his father, Giacona Jr., lying on the living room couch with a head injury.

State Police investigation at the scene revealed no indication of a struggle in the residence, no signs of forced entry and nothing missing from the home. The only weapons located in the home were found in a gun cabinet in the residence.

When describing the State Police investigation back in September 2008, Hameline said the State Police did an extensive investigation, including talking to teachers, neighbors, kids who rode the school bus, all in an effort to make sure they had the right person.

Giacona III was a seventh-grader at VVS at the time the homicide took place back in January, but was enrolled in the Whitesboro School System as an eighth-grader when State Police arrested him in September.

The maximum that Giacona III could face is life in prison.

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