Trebilcock to face judge, not a jury, for stabbing death of six year old girl

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man accused of stabbing his girlfriend's six year old daughter to death in their Sherrill Home in July will now face a judge, not a jury, to learn his fate.

David Trebilcock will appear before Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dwyer on February 7 to face assault, weapons and murder charges in the death of six year old Lauren Belius over the summer.

The girl's mother said she awoke to screams that morning and found her daughter's room barricaded. When she forced her way inside, she said she found Trebilock stabbing her daughter.

Trebilcock's attorney said that due to the emotional nature of the case, Trebilcock felt he would be better served with a non-jury trial.

The defense plans on calling four doctors to the stand while the Oneida County District Attorney's Office plans on having separate doctors take the stand for rebuttal.

He faces a potential of 25 years to life in prison if convicted, and a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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