Murder Suspect Testifies In His Own Defense


One of three men accused in the robbery and murder of an 83 year old Ogdensburg man took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday after the prosecution rested its case.
26 year old Michael Thorpe spent close to a half hour being questioned by his attorney, William Galvin, and cross examined by Chief Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nissen.

Thorpe admitted visiting Ralph "Gene" Lawton's Ford Street apartment earlier in the day of the November 18, 2010 crime.

Thorpe said he went there to buy prescription pills.
Co-defendants Anthony Lalonde and Michael Durand are not expected to take the witness stand.

Court resumes Friday morning when a rebuttal witness for the prosecution will testify.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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