Coggins Pre-Trial Hearing Rescheduled

MAYVILLE – The third pre-trial hearing of Davide Coggins, the Elmira man accused of burglarizing a Carroll residence last year and murdering the homeowners inside, was adjourned until an unspecified date.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, the hearing is expected to have Public Defender Nathaniel Barone calling a sole witness to the stand – a New York State Trooper from the Horseheads barracks – who may have had communication with Coggins shortly after his interrogation.

Coggins was taken into custody April 17, 2013, the same day he and three other Elmira men – Joshua McCormick, Ricky Knickerbocker and Steven Todd – allegedly invaded the 232 Wheeler Hill Road residence of Gordon and Joyce Skinner, stabbed them multiple times and set their home ablaze.

Coggins was later tracked down in Horseheads – roughly 7 miles north of Elmira – and taken to the nearby State Police barracks for an hourslong interrogation.

The first two pre-trial hearings focused on the arrest and the interrogation of Coggins, respectively.

His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 16.

Coggins and McCormick were indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury for first-degree murder.

Knickerbocker, who was 18 at the time of the homicides, is facing a second-degree murder charge. The men are also facing burglary and arson charges.

In March, Todd pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree manslaughter and is expected to testify against the other defendants.