Giacona murder case adjourned again as psychiatric findings examined


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Yet another delay in the case of the Vernon teen accused of shooting his father to death back in January.

Joseph Giacona III was supposed to be in court Friday, at which time prosecutors were to decide whether to try him as an adult on murder charges, or a minor who acted under extreme mental duress.

But Giacona's attorney says their psychiatric expert needed more time to go over the findings of the prosecution's expert.

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.

Giacona's new court date is now June 11.

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