WORCESTER, N.Y. – One of five people charged in a Worcester burglary and murder case appeared in town court on Thursday.
Nicolas Meridy, 32, is the oldest suspect in the murder of 53-year-old Kenneth Robinson.
Meridy and four teens, including Robinson’s son, face murder and burglary charges after Robinson was found dead inside his residence when police responded to a structure fire at 162 Head Road in Worcester on Oct. 10. Police pulled Robinson from the burning home and discovered he had suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
A state police officer, who testified in the felony hearing, says Meridy claims Robinson’s 15-year-old son, Dylan, shot his father in the head as the group was attempting to steal cash and marijuana from Robinson.
"They're either friends, or friends of girlfriends or friends of boyfriends, so they've all known each other for a while. I have no idea their connection to Mr. Meridy," said Otsego County District Attorney, John Muehl.
Muehl explains why, even though Meridy isn't the one alleged to have fired the fatal shots, he, and other teens involved in the botched burglary, are charged with murder.
"If you're committing one of those felonies and someone is killed by any of the participants in the crime, everybody is guilty of the murder."
Muehl plans to prosecute the teens who are charged with murder, as adults. He says the guns used in this case were stolen from the victim's neighbor's home two days prior to the crime.
The judge found there was sufficient evidence to turn the case over to an Otsego County Grand Jury for their consideration and possible indictment. D.A. Muehl has 45 days to present the case to a grand jury.
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Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl says even if that was the case, the other parties involved will still face murder charges.
“If you’re committing one of those felonies and someone is killed by any of the participants in the crime, everybody’s guilty of the murder,” said Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.
The judge found there was sufficient evidence to send the case to a county grand jury for their consideration and possible indictment.
In addition to Dylan, two other teens have been charged with murder in this case, including 15-year-old Anias Soto and 16-year-old Alexander Borgreen.
Alexis Lottermann, 16, was also arrested and face only a burglary charge.