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Several trials coming up in Chautauqua County Court

MAYVILLE – According to Chautauqua County Courthouse Chief Clerk Kathleen Krauza, there are several jury trials on the schedule in Mayville in the next few months.

The first on the agenda is Theodore Wickham, 47, accused of killing Frank Slate Jr. of Fredonia in September 2012. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he allegedly shot Slate with a 16-gauge shotgun following an argument. Jury selection starts Jan. 21 in front of Judge John Ward.

The four defendants charged with the murder of Gordon and Joyce Skinner of Carroll are on the schedule for March 11. The case includes murder in the first degree and 10 additional charges against David Coggins, 34, and Joshua McCormick, 21, of Elmira.

Ricky Knickerbocker and Steven Todd, both 18 and also of Elmira, will face two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of felony murder in the second degree, one count of arson in the first degree, and two counts of burglary in the first degree, arson in the second degree, burglary in the second degree and conspiracy in the fourth degree.

Chautauqua County Public Defender Nathaniel Barone is scheduled to represent Wickham and Coggins. The other defendants in the Carroll case are represented by assigned council.

Judge Willard Cass is scheduled to hear an arson case that has been returned to Chautauqua County. Barak Cornell, 55, of 7036 Phelps Road, Panama, was sentenced in June 2011 in Chautauqua County Court by Ward but the case was returned to the county after an appeal.

Cornell was convicted after a nine-day trial. Charges were second-degree arson, third-degree criminal mischief and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Cornell’s charges stem from allegedly setting a fire at the home of his neighbor, Jeff Lubi, early in the morning on Jan. 2, 2008.

Cornell originally pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 15, 2008, but the case was returned to court on procedural grounds and Cornell exercised his right to have a trial.

Jury selection is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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