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Bail hearing in Cooperstown shooting set for July 9
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - In criminal cases, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution - they have to prove the suspect committed a crime.
However, the opposite may be true in the attempted murder case of a Cooperstown teen. Anthony Pacherille, 16, is accused of shooting Wesley Lippit, also 16, inside the Cooperstown Police Station in April.
Pacherille's attorney has indicated he wants to pursue a defense of not-guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. If that's the case, it means more work for him.
"A real defense is something that I have to disprove," said Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl. "An affirmative defense is something that he has to prove at trial. So, he would have to come forth with the evidence and convince the jury that he's not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect."
Pacherille is due back in court next Friday, July 9 for a bail hearing.