Year in review: Crime and court stories that made headlines in 2019

Year in review: Crime and Court stories that made headlines in 2019.

Posted: Dec 30, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2019 2:00 PM

Just as the new year began, Utica police investigated a double homicide on Tilden Ave.

Naythen Aubain is accused of killing his 90-year-old grandmother, Katherine Aubain, and 87-year-old landlord Jane Wentka, who lived in the downstairs apartment on Tilden Ave.

It was a graphic and heartbreaking case that kept Utica police busy around the clock for the two and a half days.

Right now, the case is moving along in Oneida County Court toward a psychiatric defense.

Aubain's next court date is Jan. 8.

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Later in January, Utica police were called to West Street for a reported domestic dispute.

There they found Freddie McKinney who was attacked by her grandson Andre Anderson.

Anderson stabbed McKinney and set her and her apartment on fire.

During Anderson’s trial, the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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In July, the Boilermaker was delayed for the first time ever due to an incident on Poe Street in Utica.

When police arrived to the scene, they found the body of 17-year-old Bianca Devins of Utica.

They also found the suspect, Brandon Clark, with a self-inflicted stab wound to his neck.

Clark made the call to 911, reporting a murder-suicide.

Clark is charged with second-degree murder. A trial date is set for Feb. 24.

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In Rome, a grim search lead police to search local dumpsters, then the Western Oneida County Waste Disposal Transfer Station, to the final, heartbreaking conclusion at the Ava Landfill.

That’s where police found the body of Kerrilee D'Avolio. The suspect in her murder, her husband, Jason D'Avolio.

Months after the body was found, the autopsy was finally released to the defense and the prosecution.

A grand jury indictment alleges that D’Avolio intentionally killed his wife by shooting her in the back of the head.

D’Avolio is charged with second-degree murder. He is due back in court Jan. 22.

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Mother of three presumed dead, body believed to be in Rome dumpster

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In Otsego County, a grand jury indicted three teens and one adult in the death of Kenneth Robinson.

Dylan Robinson, the victim's son, Alexander Borgreen, Anias Soto and Nicolas Meridy were indicted on second degree murder, burglary and attempted robbery charges.

Robinson, Borgreen and Meridy are also charged with arson.

In October, they allegedly broke into the victim's home in Worcester, with the intent to steal marijuana.

Robinson was shot in the chest and head and his home was set on fire.

A fifth suspect, Alexis Lottermann, was later charged with burglary in this case.

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UPDATE: DA confirms victim's son charged in Worcester murder

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