Fatal stabbing suspect tells attorney: "Jesus made me do it"

By GARY LIBERATORE

SHERRILL, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man accused of killing a six-year old Sherrill girl was in court Friday morning for a felony hearing, and while there the suspect's attorney explained why his client says he stabbed Lauren Belius.

David Trebilcock, 30, appeared in Sherrill City Court alongside his public defenders - Pat Marthage and Frank Nebush of the Oneida County Public Defender's Office.

Nebush says Trebilock told him that the reason he stabbed the girl to death was because "Jesus made me do it."

Trebilcock was in an orange Oneida County Jail suit as he entered court, Friday, no longer in the hospital gown he wore at his previous court appearance.

It was just ten days ago that investigators say Trebilcock barricaded himself in a room with the two six-year-old twin daughters of his girlfriend whom he had been living with.

Investigators say Trebilcock then stabbed one of the six-year old twins, Lauren Belius, before he turned the knife on himself. Trebilcock survived, but six year old Lauren did not.

The Public Defender's office asked Sherrill City Court Judge Neal Rose to order a psychiatric evaluation of Trebilcock before any court proceedings go any further to see if he is indeed competent to stand trial.

"Having examined the accusatory instrument and some (of Trebilcock's) statements on camera, the court is convinced that that that is a reasonable request and grants that application and hereby enters the order," Judge Rose responded.

Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Dawn Catera-Lupi had no objection and explained what the evaluation will show.

"Just a preliminary finding that he understands the charges, he understands the system, what his lawyer does, what the prosecutor does, what the judge does, that's what this type of examination is for," Catera-Lupi said.

Nebush says he has also talked to Trebilcock's father and uncle who live in Florida. Nebush says those family members say the 30 year old Trebilcock has had a history of schizophrenia which goes back several years.

Nebush says he has handled cases in the past where the defendant in the case has suffered from mental illness and is familiar with schizophrenia.

He says, "primordial onset of schizophrenia is usually around 19 years old, you can go on from there, and suffer as a schizophrenic, and have issues if you're not on medication and that may be an issue here, but until you investigate, we don't even know if he was ever medicated or had a prescription for any psychotropic illness."

Trebilcock is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric evaluation performed by the Oneida County Mental Health Department before his next court date of August 24 at Sherrill City Court.

It was just ten days ago that investigators say Trebilcock barricaded himself in a room with the two six-year-old twin daughters of his girlfriend whom he had been living with.

Investigators say Trebilcock then stabbed one of the six-year old twins, Lauren Belius, before he turned the knife on himself. Trebilcock survived, but six year old Lauren did not.

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