Danielson, DA prepare for murder trial in 2015

NORWICH— It was Fri., Dec. 27, 2013 at approximately 6:45 a.m. when the Chenango County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a female had been assaulted and robbed outside her residence.

Now, almost one year later, William H. Danielson, 49, Norwich, is awaiting trial for allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend, Lucinda Knoll, in front of their seven-year-old son.

Danielson was indicted for two counts of murder in the second degree, a class A-1 violent felony; robbery in the first degree, a class B felony; assault in the first degree, a class B felony; and assault in the second degree, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Dec. 27, 2013 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Danielson intentionally caused Knoll’s death by striking her in the head numerous times. It is also alleged Danielson forcibly stole property from Knoll.

Danielson pleaded not guilty.

Danielson appeared in Chenango County Court on Fri., Nov. 7 before Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. He had pre-trial hearings scheduled in preparation for his trial next year. Danielson is currently remanded at the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

Danielson's private lawyer, James A. Baker, made a motion to suppress statements made by the defendant since he claimed the statements were not adequate. Revoir moved for preclusion, not suppression, and reserved on his decision.

District Attorney Joseph A. McBride handed Baker a thick stack of papers and a CD recording and said he was ready to proceed with the Mapp hearing, which is a pretrial hearing held to determine whether or not to suppress a piece of evidence that is going to be presented at trial.

McBride called Lieutenant Richard Cobb as a witness. Before Cobb could make it to the stand, he was stopped when Baker interrupted and addressed Revoir.

“Judge, he just handed me a stack of papers here. It's what? 1,000 pages? I need sufficient time to go through them before he calls a witness,” said Baker.

“Judge, we don't say things we don't know. We only say things we do know. The only additional evidence there is an audio recording for the application for the search warrant. The rest is 720 pages of medical records of the victim,” said McBride.

Baker said he wanted time to review the recording before Cobb's testimony to prepare questions for a cross examination. McBride said he only needed five minutes to listen to it.

Revoir called a 15 minute recess for Baker to listen to the recording.

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