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Patterson case in Rochester appeals court

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It took an Oneida County jury just two hours to find Christian Patterson guilty of five counts against him in the murder of Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman. Friday, Patterson's case was argued in a Rochester courtroom where attorneys for both sides argued an appeal brought by the defense.

Unlike the trial, which took seven days, the oral arguments for Friday's appeal went quickly.

The court calendar in Rochester started at 10 a.m. and the Christian Patterson appeal was the second case. By 10:25 a.m. prosecutors called the Oneida County District Attorney's office and said it was over.

District Attorney Scott McNamara said, " I can't really say whether I think we'll win or lose, I mean ethically I can't say that 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 and within the bounds of the law."

There was no decision from the bench on whether Patterson's conviction will be overturned and a new trial will be granted.

It could actually be a month to three months or even longer before there is a decision out of the Appellate Division in Rochester.

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