CANTON Prosecution and defense attorneys spent several hours Thursday h oled up in a windowless room in the St. Lawrence County Courthouse with second-degree murder suspect Dustin J. Trimm.
After the talks, which went just past 6 p.m., neither side would say whether a plea agreement could be in the offing.
Whatever the outcome, Trimm and his legal team are due in court again at 9:15 a.m. today, weeks ahead of a scheduled May 13 start date for his trial in the 2010 death of 21-year-old Jason Wing.
Members of the defense team, some of whom traveled from Alabama, left without comment. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé declined comment.
Defense motions in the case previously were scheduled for today, including dismissal of the indictment and reconsideration of bail. What wasnt clear Thursday was what caused lawyers for both sides to spend so much time behind closed doors with the suspect the day before a motion hearing in the case.
Trimm, 38, Winthrop, is accused of shooting Mr. Wing and burying his body on a Grantville Road property in Norfolk, where his remains were recovered in February 2012.
He is listed as a Level 2 sex offender in the state registry in connection with a 1997 felony conviction for sodomizing a 15-year-old boy.
Trimm also faces charges in two other cases.
He was indicted in August on two felony counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor, two misdemeanor counts of third-degree patronizing a prostitute and one misdemeanor count each of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Earlier this month, he was indicted for allegedly engaging in forcible sexual activity with an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old in early 2010 and early 2011, respectively. The victims genders were not disclosed.
The charges in that case are two felony counts each of first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault, a class A-II felony. He pleaded not guilty to those charges April 2 in St. Lawrence County Court.
He remains incarcerated in the St. Lawrence County jail without bail.