Trial begins for Old Forge murder suspect

Stephen Swanton

The trial has started for the Rochester man accused of shooting two people, one fatally, in Old Forge last September.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 11:10 AM

HERKIMER, N.Y. – The trial has started for the Rochester man accused of shooting two people, one fatally, in Old Forge last September.

Stephen E. Swanton, 44, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

He is accused of shooting 50-year-old Scott Krempler and 55-year-old William Robertello outside his seasonal home on Dan-Bar Acres Road the night of Sept. 5, 2020, following an altercation at a nearby house party earlier that day.

Krempler died at the scene and Robertello was airlifted to SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital for treatment. Robertello survived his injuries and was later released from the hospital.

Swanton’s trial in Herkimer County Court started Friday, Sept. 10, in front of Judge John Crandall. Jury selection and opening arguments have already taken place. The prosecution started presenting its case on Wednesday.

Swanton faces a maximum of life in prison on the second-degree murder charge alone.

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