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Stolen items presented as evidence in Town of Carroll double-murder

MAYVILLE – A Pandora bracelet designed for cancer survivors was among key evidence displayed Thursday in the murder trial of Davide Coggins, considered the ringleader behind the grisly slayings of a Town of Carroll couple in April 2013.

A relative of the victims confirmed the bracelet – found in the bedroom of the defendant – belonged to Joyce Skinner. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Investigator Nicholas Sobecki said the bracelet was in a bag inside the doorway of the bedroom of Coggins’ Elmira apartment. Also in the bag was a bong, coin collection book, a statehood quarters folder, silver dollars and other jewelry items. 

Gordon and Joyce Skinner, 66 and 59, respectively, were stabbed to death in a rampage blamed on Coggins, 35.

The items, including a tattoo kit, were among many presented during Thursday’s proceedings, including a .22 caliber gun, 12-gauge shotgun and a knife and sheath.

Investigator Randy Boland noted the weapons were recovered from the basement of the Elmira apartment of Lynsey Brown. where Coggins stayed. A team of Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and state police executed search warrants.

Public Defender Nathaniel Barone strongly objected to the presentation of another item – a hardcover book on New York State penal and corrections law found in Coggins’ bedroom. However, District Attorney David Foley won the right to have the book admitted into evidence.

Barone said the evidence was prejudicial. Foley, however, argued that the sections highlighted in the book were germane to Coggins’ alleged crimes.

Investigator Douglas Walter identified the book’s highlighted areas as “sections on assault, homicide, sex offenses, kidnapping, burglary, larceny and robbery.”

Walter also said he recovered black and red gloves worn by alleged accomplice Joshua McCormick and left in the apartment.

Much of the prosecution’s case hinges on the testimony of Coggins’ three alleged accomplices. Thus far, McCormick, 22, and Ricky Knickerbocker, 19, have taken the stand. Steven Todd, 19, has yet to testify. All have accepted plea deals to lesser charges than Coggins in exchange for their testimony.

Testimony is scheduled to resume today before Judge John T. Ward.