Discrepancies in defendant's statements

NORWICH – After two hours of police testimony Monday, Supreme Court Judge Kevin Dowd said he would reserve judgment in the case against a man who faces felony charges in connection with a homicide.

James Bush, represented by his defense attorneys Thomas Cline and Joseph A. Ermeti, faces up to 12 felony charges in connection with a deadly home invasion in Sherburne last summer. Bush was the driver in the incident that ended in the shooting death of Joshua Richeimer, his alleged co-conspirator.



In a hearing Monday, more information was divulged as law enforcement officers were brought in to testify about the statements and evidence seized from Bush and his residence during their investigation in 2007. Testimony was heard Monday to determine what evidence and statements will be used against the defendant during his upcoming trial. Dowd reserved judgment on that decision.

Otsego County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Ten’Eyck was the first to testify, saying he was involved in a missing persons report in July of 2007 when he was notified by Richeimer’s mother that he was missing. He said he was told Bush was the last person seen with Richeimer and he soon questioned the defendant about Richeimer’s whereabouts. Ten’Eyck testified that Bush had told him he picked up Richeimer, went back to Norwich, saw Richeimer “shooting up” drugs in his shed with a needle and took him back to the South New Berlin Quickway, where he left him.


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