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Prosecution shows video, presents last witnesses in Coggins trial

MAYVILLE – The prosecution rested today after bringing in three more witnesses in the trial of Davide Coggins, 34, of Elmira, who is charged in the double homicide of Gordon and Joyce Skinner.

This is the fourth week of testimony in the court case before Judge John T. Ward in Chautauqua County Court.

Video tapes from a Tops store in Elmira were shown to the jury, and all three witnesses testified to seeing Coggins use the Coin Star machine to turn in $619.53 in change. Assistant District Attorney Grace Hanlon introduced the three witnesses to the jury of nine men and three women.

The front counter manager Zestina O’Brien said she gave change to Coggins and three other young men and said she remembered them being in the store on April 17, 2013. Joshua McCormick, 22, Steven Todd, 19, and Ricky Knickerbocker, 19, were also charged in the deaths. McCormick and Knickerbocker have been called to testify by District Attorney David Foley and have pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Both men are expected to get lesser sentences of about 32 years for their cooperation.

The final witness of the day was Investigator Brian Kozemko from the New York State Police. He supplied video of the four men in the Tops store in Elmira and identified each of the four.

“It appears Davide Coggins is the leader of the four men,” said the investigator. He told the jury that he saw Coggins with a black bag containing the change and saw him run the Coin Star machine. The videotapes from the store showed footage from about 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013.

Barone is expected to open the defense case at 9:30 on Friday morning.