The re-trial of an Ogdensburg man accused of murdering his neighbor in 2005 is entering its fifth week. At the St. Lawrence County Court, our Rachael Paradis has the updates on the Wayne Oxley case and details on what has happened so far.
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ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Week five of the Wayne Oxley trial and prosecutors continue to try to convince a jury that the Ogdensburg man is guilty of beating his neighbor, Bernard Trickey Jr. to death with a baseball bat in 2005.
On Monday, witness Michele Keith took the stand. She visited Oxley while he was in prison.
Keith testified, "(Oxley) said he was so messed up.. from drinking two boxes of wine and taking pills.. That he couldn't remember anything from that night."
Keith said she has known Oxley for about eight years. She says she can't remember much from that day, but her statement to police helped to jog her memory. Her statement said Oxley told her numerous times that he didn't do it.
In her statement to police, Keith said Oxley told her that he passed out on his couch that August night. He says he only woke up once, to Jon Shannon asking him to borrow a baseball bat.
"I told police that (Oxley) told me that Jon Shannon said he was going to rob Bernie," Keith said.
When the prosecution asked if it was believed that Shannon was kidding, Keith told the courtroom yes. The jury also heard from other witnesses Monday, including a man who spent time with Oxley in jail.
The prosecution is expected to call more witnesses Tuesday.