JAMESTOWN — A motion dismissing the second-degree murder charge against Jamestown man Carl Sorenson was denied during a preliminary hearing in Jamestown City Court Friday morning.
Public Defender Ned Barone entered the motion on behalf of Sorenson, saying that the defendant is “entitled to a preliminary hearing.”
Chautauqua County First Assistant District Attorney Derek Gregory, however, says there’s “no basis” for a dismissal. Gregory says the District Attorney’s Office is proceeding to a Chautauqua County Grand Jury with the case.
Acting Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson previously told the Jamestown City Council during its July Work Session meeting that a Grand Jury is scheduled to hear the case on July 29.
Jamestown Police charged Sorenson in the death of 23-year-old Brandon Holland who was stabbed in the chest while walking on the sidewalk along North Main Street between East 4th and East 5th Streets around 10:14 p.m. July 6.
Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of his injuries.
Sorenson, according to police, is also a New York State Parolee. Officers say he was taken into custody July 7 by investigators at his apartment on Washington Street in Jamestown.
Investigators say additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Sorenson was released by Judge Fred Larson on his own recognizance on the felony murder charge. However, Sorenson is being held in Chautauqua County Jail on a separate detainer.