Computer search showed Trebilcock researched religious terms and law enforcement; destroyed hard drive


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The trial of David Trebilcock, the man accused of stabbing 6-year-old Lauren Belius to death in her Sherrill home, continued for the second day in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.

Trebilcock is facing charges of second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree possession of a weapon.

Taking the stand Wednesday was the primary nurse that cared for Trebilcock while he was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, a computer forensic investigator with the Utica Police Department and the New York State Trooper leading the investigation.

Investigator Chad Tangorra was with Trebilcock just hours after the alleged murder. Tangorra said Trebilcock agreed to give him a statement detailing the events of the morning of July 19, 2011. What ensued was a five-hour long confession from Trebilcock, all audio recorded by Tangorra.

Trebilcock reiterated the fact that he knew what he had done was wrong, that he was not sorry, and was prepared to spend the rest of his life in jail. Trebilcock told Tangorra that he murdered Belius because God told him to do it.

"I had written the lord's prayer on a piece of paper and read it aloud to Lauren. When I finished, I took the knife and stabbed her in the chest," said Tangorra, reading off of a statement Trebilcock had made to him. "She screamed in pain as I continued to stab her in the chest. I think I stabbed her 8 to 9 times so she laid next to her sister. I had to kill her she was the Anti- Christ."

Also testifying Wednesday was a Utica Police Officer from the computer forensic lab department who investigated Trebilcock's computer. Google searches for religious terms and words relating to law enforcement were all found on Trebilcock's desktop. Also revealed in court was the fact that one of Trebilcock's hard drives was sent to the U.S. Secret Service for investigation, but was too severely damaged and no information was recovered.

This is a bench trial, so Judge Michael Dwyer will decide Trebilcock's fate, not a jury.

The trial is scheduled to be completed by Friday.

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