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Desiree Case's killer back in trouble with the law

(WKTV) - A Syracuse man, who was previously convicted of a local murder, faces new charges Tuesday.

Earl Wright, 31, of Syracuse was previously convicted of the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Case back in 2000, now he has been arrested on several drug and firearm charges.

Case was found in a West Utica house with several stab wounds. Another man Michael Nero was also convicted in her death.

Police said Wright was a passenger in a car that led police on a chase early Tuesday.

Wright, 31, is charged with felony criminal possession of a firearm in the second degree, criminal possession of a firearm in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. He was also charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana.

According to police, an officer was on patrol in the area of Oneida Square around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a vehicle speeding. The officer stopped the car and talked to the occupants when, during the investigation, the driver put the car in gear and fled.

The officer pursued the car across several streets when it stopped at Bennett and Lamb streets. At that time, Wright, who was a passenger, got out of the car and surrendered. The vehicle then fled again and the pursuit was continued before the driver stopped on Tracy Street and was taken into custody.

While taking Wright into custody, he allegedly had with him a 9mm Ruger handgun loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition and heroin.

The driver was issued several traffic summons.

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