Trebilcock offered plea deal, judge forbids attorneys from discussing case

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The judge has issued what amounts to a gag order in the case of the 30-year-old Sherrill man accused of murdering his girlfriend's six-year-old daughter.

David Trebilcock entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Friday morning in Oneida County Court. The District Attorney's Office extended a plea offer, but details were not made public. After the proceeding, when asked for comment, both attorneys said that the judge forbid them to publicly comment on the case in the media.

Trebilcock is accused of stabbing six-year-old Lauren Belius to death at the Sherrill home he shared with her and her mother. It happened in July. The Oneida County Public Defender in the past has expressed concerns about Trebilcock's mental state, saying that family members told him the defendant suffered from schizophrenia. A judge did order a psychiatric exam.

Trebilcock's attorney has to make motions, or requests, regarding the case by October 13. The judge set a November date for a suppression hearing on 12 statements Trebilcock allegedly made to police. He did not set a date for Trebilcock to report on the plea offer.

Lauren Belius' mother was in court Friday and declined comment.

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