MAYVILLE – The trial for one of the four men allegedly involved in the Town of Carroll double homicide that took place earlier this year will begin in March 2014.
According to an article in today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, the trial for 34 year-old Davide Coggins will begin on March 11. He faces two counts of first-degree murder – in addition to several other charges related to burglary and arson – in the deaths of Gordon and Joyce Skinner. The trial date was set following a pretrial conference earlier this week in the chambers of Judge John T. Ward.
Three other men are also facing charges connection to the crime. They are 21 year-old Joshua McCormick, 18 year-old Ricky Knickerbocker and 18 year-old Steven Todd. McCormick is facing two charges of first-degree murder, while Knickerbocker and Todd each face two counts of second degree murder. The three are also facing burglary and arson charges.
The Skinners were found dead inside their Wheeler Hill Rd. residence the morning of April 17, 2013 by emergency service workers responding to a fire. Following an investigation, the four men were arrested the next day. Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace and District Attorney David Foley accuse the four men of driving to the area from Elmira and allegedly killing the couple at their residence during a home invasion. Court records indicate both were stabbed and their home set on fire. Authorities would not offer any details on a possible motive.
No trial date has yet been set for any of the three other suspects.