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ROCHESTER – An Elmira man convicted for his role in the April 2013 homicide of Gordon and Joyce Skinner in the Town of Carroll will be appealing his conviction on Aug. 12 in the New York State Fourth Appellate Division Court.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt told WNY News Now Monday afternoon that Davide Coggins is scheduled for a 10 a.m. argument. Coggins was convicted in Nov. 2014 on two counts of felony murder, each of which carried a 25-year to life sentence.
Former Chautauqua County Judge John Ward, who presided on the case, sentenced Coggins to a minimum of 50 years to life on the two murder charges.
Schmidt, who says he’ll be handling the case himself, says that Coggins’ appeals team will be challenging rulings made by Ward during the trial.
“What they’re challenging in their appeal are certain trial court rulings that were made during the trial process,” Schmidt said. “During any trial, the judge’s role is to issue certain legal rulings, and in this case, there was rulings that were made concerning defense council’s request to recall certain co-defendants as witnesses in order to bring out certain parts of proposed testimony.”
In addition, Schmidt says the court also denied requests by Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone, who represented Coggins, concerning the providing of legal instructions for the jury.
Coggins was also given the maximum sentence for first-degree arson, second-degree arson, two counts of first-degree burglary, second degree burglary and fourth degree conspiracy. All those sentences are running concurrently with the murder sentence.
Schmidt says that Coggins’ lawyer, listed on the court website as Donald M. Thompson, has perfected his appeal for the court.
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