Victim's mother: Trebilcock said God told him to kill my daughter


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, began Tuesday in Oneida County Court in Utica

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

His trial began with opening arguments from both the defense and the prosecution. The prosecution says it will make the case that Trebilcock should be found guilty because he intentionally killed 6-year-old Lauren Belius. The defense says it will argue that Trebilcock was mentally insane at the time of the crime.

Allison Belius, Trebilcock's former girlfriend and the mother of the child killed, took the stand as the first witness in the trial. She painted a very different picture of the man on trial, describing Trebilcock as loving and caring and said he played musical chairs with the children, read them stories, and even held an impromptu funeral when her daughter was upset that her snail died.

Belius did also recount some of Trebilcock's troubling history while on the stand. During the course of their romantic relationship, she said he told her he was a sex addict, had cybersex with many girls at a time on the internet, and had sexual relations with a 12 year old girl when he was 19 years old. Belius also said Trebilcock admitted to cheating on her and often smoked marijuana.

Belius then went on to speak of the incident in which Trebilcock stabbed her daughter multiple times.

"I saw him standing on a ladder to the girls bunk bed and he was up at the head of the bed and was stabbing her repeatedly with a knife," said Belius.

Belius said Trebilcock told her God sent him to do it because he believed Lauren Belius was "The Anti-Christ."

The prosecution asked Belius: "Do you remember, what, if anything he said during this period of time?"

Belius responded: "The only thing he said when I told him he was stabbing my baby...he said 'she's not your baby. she's bad.'"

Belius went on to explain that after Trebilcock stabbed her daughter, he hurt himself.

"He ended up going back over the corner and, at this point, he went back and stabbed himself in the chest and was rubbing the blood on his chest," said Belius.

Belius also suffered wounds after wrestling Trebilcock off of her daughter.

Members of the Sherrill Fire Department, as well as New York State Police that responded to the scene, testified on the stand Tuesday. They were shown a picture of the bloody bedroom and linked the image to the scene of the crime.

James Scott Russel was one of the troopers who was with Trebilcock while he was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He testified that Trebilcock said he was "talking to God" and was told "Lauren had to die."

"I know I look really bad, but I can't say I am sorry. She saw way too much the future," said Russel, reiterating the statement Trebilcock had said to him.

Trebilcock's trial is a bench trial with Judge Michael Dwyer deciding Trebilcock's fate, not a jury.

The case is expected to be complete by Friday.

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