UTICA, N.Y. – The man accused of killing Utica teen Bianca Devins last year appeared in Oneida County Court Tuesday, after requesting to withdraw his guilty plea and getting a new attorney in August.
Brandon Clark initially pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February, but claims his old lawyer coerced him into making the plea.
This court appearance was to allow the prosecution to file its response to Clark’s request to withdraw the guilty plea.
Devins’ family attended the hearing, and her grandfather, Frank Williams, says he hopes the judge will deny the request.
"We believe the ruling will be what the law says. He pleaded guilty, he was given every opportunity to understand the consequences of that guilty plea and now he must be sentenced and serve the full sentence with no reduction. That's what we're calling for," he said.
Williams and other family members attend all of Clark’s hearings, wearing pink in memory of Devins.