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Man accused of killing Deputy set to go to trial in December
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The case of a man accused of fatally shooting an Oneida County sheriff's deputy will likely go to trial in December.
Christian Patterson was arraigned in Oneida County Court Friday on several charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. He walked out of the holding cell and was visibly shaken and disturbed.
Patterson spoke quietly when addressing the judge, his arm in a cast from being shot at during the June 7 stand off in Knoxboro.
"Medically, he has some problems. He was shot, he had a number of medical procedures and now he's being taken care of at the infirmary at the jail," defense attorney Frank Nebush said.
Patterson is accused of shooting and killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman during the overnight hours of June 7. Deputies say Patterson barricaded himself inside a garage with a gun for six hours. When officers tried to apprehend him, they say he fired off some shots. One of those shots hit Deputy Wyman. He later died in the hospital.
Sitting in the courtroom were Wyman's parents, Brian and Lynette Wyman. Also sitting in the courtroom were members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department. Assistant District Attorney Mike Coluzza said he wasn't surprised by the presence of the sheriff's department members.
"It's certainly something that resounds deeply and effects greatly members of law enforcement. So their presence today is no surprise and certainly very encouraging."
A couple of motion dates have been set in September for this case. A plea deal was extended but it carried the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
A tentative trial date has been set for December 5.