A Cortland man accused of stabbing a Syracuse man to death back in December is headed to trial.
Witnesses testified during preliminary hearings Tuesday.
43-year-old Randy Wilkinson appeared in Cortland County Court Tuesday with County Public Defender Keith Dayton for an evidence and statement suppression hearing.
Wilkinson is accused of stabbing 38-year-old Terry Walker to death in an apartment on North Cliffe Rd last December. Wilkinson was indicted on charges including murder in the 2nd degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.
Wilkinson told police that Walker came to his mother’s apartment and the two became involved in a fight.
During the fight Wilkinson struck Walker in the head with a cutting board. Wilkinson said he saw blood coming from Walkers nose and mouth and believed he had caused brain damage so he decided to stab Walker to end his life as an act of mercy. 12 hours later Wilkinson aunt responded to the home and called police.
The defense is challenging whether Wilkinsons statements were taken voluntarily or if they should be allowed at trial. Dayton is also challenging if the police entry into the apartment violated Wilkinson’s rights.
Three Cortland Police Officers testified yesterday. Testimony will resume on October 6th. The trial is scheduled for mid-January.