Scovil Pleads Not Guilty In Baseball Bat BeatingPosted: Updated:
A South Colton man accused beating three men with a baseball bat in Massena in August has pleaded not guilty.
Justin Scovil was arraigned Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court. He was sent back to county jail with no bail set.
Arguing against bail, District Attorney Gary Pasqua said at the arraignment that Scovil's two prior felony convictions make him a flight risk.
He also pointed out the seriousness of the crime. Scovil is facing sentences as long as 25 years on some of the charges.
A grand jury indicted Scovil last month on three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree assault in the the course of a felony, and one count each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
He's accused of breaking into an apartment at 2 Willow Street in Massena, stealing painkillers, and beating three men with a baseball bat.
The victims, 43 year old John Skidds, 20 year old Lucas Northrup and 68 year old Robert Northrup, were taken to Massena Memorial Hospital and then to Upstate Medical Center for treatment.
Skidds and Lucas Northrup were eventually released. Robert Northrup's daughter Jamie told 7 News a couple weeks ago that her father was slowly improving under rehabilitation at a nursing home.