Man Indicted In Connection With Trooper Killing

GREAT BEND—A Florida man accused of purposely running down and killing a New York State Trooper has been indicted of first degree murder.

Almond Upton claimed he had no idea what he was doing when he hit and killed Trooper Christopher Skinner along Interstate 81 back in New York State in May.

Witnesses, however, said it looked like Upton swerved to hit Skinner on purpose.

The case grabbed attention across the nation, and hit especially close to home for folks living near the New York State border, too.

“It was unbelievable, like did it really happen. Yeah, it was scary,” said Karen DeMartino of Hallstead.

Investigators said Trooper Skinner was on the side of the Interstate for a traffic stop.

Upton was indicted this week on charges of first degree murder, assault, criminal mischief and reckless driving charges.

“It takes a long time, it’s sad how the judicial system is nowadays, it really is,” said Brent Barney of Great Bend.

“I think they should get his sentence, he should serve his time,” said Floyd Beach of Hallstead.

People Newswatch 16 spoke with said when the case finally goes to trial, they will be paying close attention.

“He needs mental help, there’s no doubt about that because that was just totally wrong for him to do that,” said DeMartino.

3 comments

  • toomany

    So, this pos wasn’t even being stopped or cited by this cop? Not that that would be cause to do what he did obviously but, he apparently went out of his way to run this poor man over like a dog in the street? I don’t care what supposed” mental health” problems he may have. He needs to be locked up and never see the light of day again. Scum.

  • K

    “He needs mental help, there’s no doubt about that because that was just totally wrong for him to do that,” said DeMartino. He needs a little more than that! Like life in prison without the possibility of parole. Period. I would say the death penalty but that won’t fly and that would cost just as much as life since they allow those on death row to linger forever and a day.

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