Four Suspects In Carroll Homicides Scheduled For March Trial

MAYVILLE – All four suspects indicted in the April double homicide in the town of Carroll are scheduled to go to trial in March.

A day after learning Davide Coggins, 34, had been assigned a March 11 trial in Chautauqua County Court, multiple sources confirmed all four suspects charged in the deaths of Gordon and Joyce Skinner would be in court as well.

Coggins and Joshua McCormick, 21, were indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on first-degree murder. Due to their age at the time of the homicides, Ricky Knickerbocker, 18, and Steven Todd, 19, are facing second-degree murder charges.

The men, all from the Elmira area, also are facing burglary and arson charges.

Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley confirmed Wednesday that all four suspects are scheduled to be tried in County Court at the same time. He noted the grand jury indicted the suspects together in April.

Attorney Lyle Hajdu is representing Todd, and said he recently was given evidence by the District Attorney’s Office. On Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Office, he inspected a 2003 sedan believed to have been involved in the double homicide.

“Right now we are at the discovery stage of this case,” Hajdu said. “I’ve got a lot of documents, and right now it fills a box. There is a lot to go through.”

A pre-trial conference was held Monday in the chambers of Judge John T. Ward in Mayville. The suspects, all of whom were assigned separate counsel, remain in Chautauqua County Jail.

Foley said the defense teams were granted 90 days from Monday’s meeting to file motions in the case. One of the motions could be to sever the defendants into separate trials, he said.

According to the indictment, Gordon, 66, and Joyce, 59, were stabbed April 17 before their residence was set ablaze. First responders found their bodies, and the four Elmira men were taken into custody the following day.

At the time of the incident, police were told to look for a 2003 gold-colored sedan.