Inmate: Webb Killed Trickey
CANTON - A federal prisoner says Robert C. "Chase" Webb confessed to him that he killed Bernard A. Trickey Jr.
Those motions include why two women recanted statements about the people who were at Mr. Trickey's home several hours before his body was discovered and keeping two court security officers away from the courtroom during the second trial.
The defense paperwork states Mr. Webb reportedly confessed to Jamal Thompson that he and another drug dealer killed Mr. Trickey by shooting him in the head and then hit him over the head with a baseball bat to get the bullet out. Mr. Thompson revealed Mr. Webb's confession to two detectives in early July.
Mr. Manning said Wednesday the confession came while both men were being held in a Syracuse-area jail on federal drug charges.
Mr. Thompson is awaiting sentencing on two drug charges for admitting to selling cocaine and oxycodone in Ogdensburg last year, federal court records show. Mr. Webb was picked up last month in Scranton, Pa., on a federal warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Ogdensburg. He has since been extradited back to the north country.
"I respectfully submit that Jamal Thompson's story is quite believable since he makes clear reference to facts that were never in evidence or made public, such as the identity by sobriquet of certain other drug dealers," Mr. Manning wrote.
Oxley, 44, Ogdensburg, was sentenced in December 2006 to 25 years to life in prison on a second-degree murder charge. He was convicted in St. Lawrence County Court of killing Mr. Trickey, a neighbor, with a baseball bat. A state appellate court last year ordered a new trial for Oxley, which has been scheduled to start Oct. 12.
The appeals court ruled that Judge Jerome J. Richards should have allowed Mr. Webb and other witnesses to testify without putting restrictions on the defense's case. Oxley's attorney had outlined a theory that Mr. Webb and other alleged drug dealers killed Mr. Trickey.
A New York City probation officer could testify that Mr. Webb had visited him the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2005, to check in, making it unlikely he was in Ogdensburg that night, prosecutors said previously.
The defense also wants court hearings on what caused Michelle A. Disotell and Meaghan E. McLear to recant their police statements about who was at Mr. Trickey's home several hours before his body was discovered.
Ms. McLear told Ogdensburg detectives a few days after the murder that she was at Mr. Trickey's home that night with five people, including Oxley.
She later was kicked out by one of the men after Oxley had already left, court records show.
A few days before the first murder trial started in 2006, Ms. McLear told Ogdensburg detectives she couldn't remember who was at Mr. Trickey's home the night of his death.
She didn't testify in the first trial.
Nearly two weeks ago, Ms. McLear told Ogdensburg detectives that her original statement was accurate, but she was still afraid to come forward because of possible retaliation, court records say.
Ms. Disotell told prosecutors recently that she was in drug rehab the night of the murder and not at Mr. Trickey's home, court records show.
She testified in the first trial that she saw three alleged drug dealers at Mr. Trickey's home a few hours before his death. Her recantation came the same day she was indicted on 55 counts for allegedly accepting more than $22,000 in public assistance funds from the county.
Mr. Manning wants both women charged with perjury.
Another defense motion states two court security officers could be called as witnesses - Sgt. Andrew P. Wells and Lt. Michael H. Ames.
Mr. Wells was Ogdensburg police chief when the murder occurred and Oxley made a "spontaneous statement" to Mr. Ames during the first trial.
No one shoots someone then digs the bullet out! So far out is HAS to be true!