Farhudin Omerovic: "I don't remember" anything from Utica College lockdown

Fahrudin Omerovic took the stand in his own defense on Monday on day 6 of his trial for making terroristic threats.

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2018 7:21 PM

Utica, N.Y. - Fahrudin Omerovic took the stand in his own defense on Monday on day six of his trial for making terroristic threats at Utica College.

He testified that he doesn't remember anything from March 5, the day he is accused of calling in terroristic threats to Utica College that caused widespread panic for many at the school for two days.

When cross examined by Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone, Garramone asked Omerovic, "Do you have any dispute that you're the person that made all these calls?" Omerovic responded, "I do not have a dispute to that."

Garramone then said, "You're the person that made the calls." Omerovic responded, "I already confessed to that, yes."

Omerovic says he was addicted to Adderall, an amphetamine that he was first prescribed in 2012 for his diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. He was just 17 years old, about to turn 18.

Omerovic says in 2013, he asked his primary care physician, Dr. Roger Norton of the Slocum-Dickson Medical Group in New Hartford, to increase his dosage, and Dr. Norton granted that request from 10 mg. per day to 20 mg. per day.

Omerovic says at some point in 2015 or 2016 he felt like he needed even more than what was prescribed and that's when he began looking to other means to get more pills, He says he didn't go to Dr. Norton for another increase in dosage because he was afraid his doctor would cut off his prescription for Aderall completely.

Omerovic says he first turned to a couple of other students at Utica College who also took the drug to get a few extra pills, but then he needed more and ultimately started buying pills illegally from someone on the street after he says he no longer had health insurance coverage in December of 2017. He couldn't tell prosecutors who his supplier was, other than that describing him as a tall, white, skinny blonde guy named Jay whom he thought was a fellow Utica College student.

Omerovic says Jay drove a black Jeep and even met him on March 2nd at the Student Center at Utica College where he bought 60 to 70 pills.

He says he didn't have pills for several days before that, so when he got the pills, he took a lot of them. He says he doesn't remember anything from that Friday night when he took the pills until March 6th when he was questioned and ultimately arrested.

Garramone didn't buy the Aderall defense, and believes there was no 'Jay', that Omerovic was making the story up as a potential reason for trying to get out of a conviction. Garramone addressed Omerovic as follows, "You have no idea who Jay is, because Jay is a fictitious person. Is that correct? Omerovic's response, "It is not."

Omerovic claims in the weeks leading up to march 5th he was up to ten pills a day, that’s 200 milligrams, when he was only prescribed 20 milligrams a day.

He says he doesn't remember anything from that Friday night when he got his new batch of pills until after he was arrested. He says he doesn't even remember FaceTiming his parents from inside Utica College during the lockdown, something Garramone addressed to Omerovic, "Two of the people that you love the most, you FaceTime from White Hall and told them that you were listening to gunshots and that you were afraid of being killed. Do you remember your mom and dad testifying about how afraid they were for you?" Omerovic replied, "I do remember that."

Garramone followed up, "And they were scared to death that you were going to die along with the other kids at that school. Do you remember all that?" Omerovic, in tears, replied, "I remember them saying that."

Summations will take place Tuesday morning, then the jury will get the case.

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