Bjork Found Guilty In Roommate's Murder

Bjork Found Guilty In Roommate's Murder

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The long journey from a crime scene investigation to a verdict for Keith Bjork is over.

At 12:10 p.m. a St. Lawrence County jury decided Bjork killed his roommate, 50 year old Damar Buckner, in their Massena apartment in the early morning on October 27, 2016.

Bjork had a long history of violence in Massena and was well-known to police.

The jury never bought Bjork's claim a third man at the apartment that morning, Jeffrey Snyder, committed the murder. Defense lawyers spent a week trying to convince jurors there was at least reasonable doubt Bjork did it.

“Here we have a situation where I really believe the wrong man was convicted. He has always said that Jeffrey Snyder did it,” said Richard Manning, defense lawyer.

But that argument didn't hold up. The prosecutor said Snyder's testimony was, in fact, the turning point in the trial.

“Jeff Snyder's testimony was picture perfect. To get a look at him he was not the perfect murderer, he was the perfect patsy,” said Gary Miles, prosecutor.

Bjork is a registered sex offender. He was on probation at the time of his arrest on October 26, 2016. That morning, a police officer had responded to a call of a man outside possibly drunk. The officer ended up being led to Buckner's battered body in a bathroom.

“It's just an unknown when we go to every incident. We don't know what we're going to come upon,” said Adam Love, Massena police chief.

Sentencing for Bjork is set for April 2. He faces anywhere from 15 years to life in prison for the murder of Damar Buckner.

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