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Utica shooting suspect Elias Carr requests withdrawal of guilty plea

Carr is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and criminal use of a firearm.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 1:00 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 1:12 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – 26-year-old Elias Carr of Utica, who was accused of shooting a man in the legs, was in court on Monday morning for sentencing. Things changed when Carr requested his guilty plea be withdrawn.

Oneida County Court Judge Robert Bauer asked Carr directly if this was the case, and Carr replied yes.

Carr is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and criminal use of a firearm. He allegedly shot 27-year-old Marc Abdallah in the legs on St. Vincent Street in Utica back in March. Carr originally pleaded not guilty in late March, before changing his plea to guilty in April.

His attorney, Corey Zennamo, said that Carr’s case at trial is strong.

“The complaining witness in this case has a history of robbing other individuals. He was charged with it in the past, and I think this is significant in this case when you have a person who is known for going up to people and trying to take things from them,” said Zennamo after the hearing.

Zennamo was then asked if self-defense was an avenue they were taking in this case. Zennamo replied, “Yes, that theoretically is an option."

Carr will be assigned a new defense attorney in order to to give the case another look. He is scheduled return to Oneida County Court on June 28th for his new attorney assignment.

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