Ogdensburg Men Indicted In 2010 Robbery, Murder Of Elderly Man
Three Ogdensburg men remain jailed without bail in connection with the alleged November 2010 robbery and murder of an 83 year old man in what investigators say was a drug-related crime.
The three, 31 year old Anthony Lalonde, 25 year old Michael Thorpe and 29 year old Michael Durand, each face felony second degree murder and first degree robbery charges.
All three were named in sealed indictments opened Tuesday morning in St. Lawrence County Court.
Lawton's roommate, 64 year old Guy Bartlett, told police he answered a knock at the door of their Ford Street apartment and the three masked men stormed inside.
Both Bartlett and Lawton were attacked, but Bartlett escaped injury. Money and pills were allegedly stolen.
Lawton died after his roommate, 64 year old Guy Bartlett, fell onto him as he struggled with the assailants.
Despite an eyewitness account of the attack, it took authorities more than 19 months to build their case against the three suspects.
"Just because it takes extra time doesn't mean the case was forgotten or overlooked. It just means that folks are being particularly careful and patient in developing the evidence necessary to go forward with the prosecution," said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve.
An autopsy showed Lawton died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
Lawton was the stepbrother of murder victim Bernard Trickey Jr.'s father, Pete Trickey.
Investigators say there is no connection between the two cases.
Trickey, also of Ogdensburg, was murdered with a baseball bat in August 2005. Wayne Oxley was acquitted of his murder in a third trial in February.
See our original story of Lawton's death.