Patterson appeal begins in Rochester


(WKTV) - The appeal for Christian Patterson, the man who was found guilty of murdering Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman in 2012, began Friday, at the Appellate Division Court in Rochester.

The appeal began at 10 a.m., and according to County D.A. Scott McNamara, was finished by 10:25 a.m.

Patterson's defense requested the appeal, arguing that he received ineffective counsel at the initial trial.

McNamara doesn't know what the result of the appeal will be, however, he believes that his assistants put forth a lot of effort to counteract the appeal, and were ready for the hearing.

"I can't really say whether I think we'll win or lose," said McNamara. "But I will say this much, that we took great pains when we were preparing this case from the very beginning, all the way up through every step to make sure that we did everything the best we could."

The decision from the court is expected to come down in about a month.

Patterson is currently serving a life sentence in prison for shooting and killing Wyman, in June 2011.

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