Delay of Patterson trial delays internal review into Deputy's death


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The postponement until next year of the murder trial of a local man accused of shooting and killing an Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy also means that the Sheriff's Department's own internal review of the night Deputy Kurt Wyman was killed will be delayed.

Christian Patterson is accused of shooting Wyman following a six-hour standoff in the town of Augusta June 7. The Sheriff and Undersheriff say their review isn't about determining whether Deputy Wyman and others at the scene followed department protocol the night Wyman was killed. They say they did.

"We stand by the fact that the sheriff's department acted appropriately, Kurt Wyman acted appropriately and we followed our policy and protocol. But it's to assess, is there a need for a change to site any deficiencies?" says Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski.

Crucial information officials need to answer that question won't be available until next year, if at all.

"What we're waiting for would be courtroom testimony, whether it would be testimony from christian patterson, whether it would be from an expert witness, whether it would be someone contradicting a statement basically to finalize the information we need to compile to do the comprehensive review," says Swenszkowski.

The trial is expected to take place in late January.

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