Gagnon Murder Case Could Be Decided By Judge, Not Jury

Gagnon Murder Case Could Be Decided By Judge, Not Jury

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A judge, not a jury, may decide the guilt or innocence of an accused murderer.

During the second day of hearings in the Michael Gagnon case in St. Lawrence County Court, Gagnon's lawyer asked about rules for a bench trail and said they may consider asking for one.

During a bench trial, the judge serves as both the judge and jury.

Gagnon is accused of shooting 50 year old Phillip Goolden in the head last April in Ogdensburg. 

Gagnon wants some of his statements to police and other evidence thrown out. His lawyers made that argument before a judge Monday and Tuesday.

During the hearing Monday, an Ogdensburg officer testified Gagnon told him not once, but twice that he killed Goolden. 

The judge will issue a ruling on the evidence later. Gagnon's trial is set for May 8.

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