Appeal Denied For Elmira Man Convicted In Carroll Double Homicide 

ROCHESTER – The Elmira man convicted in the double murder of a Town of Carroll couple will continue to serve his sentence after the court struck down an appeal attempt in the case. 

42-year-old Davide Coggins appealed his conviction in the April 2013 homicide of Gordon and Joyce Skinner in the Town of Carroll. 

The New York State Fourth Appellate Division Court, after re-examining the case, ruled to uphold the conviction.  

Former Chautauqua County Judge John Ward, who presided on the case, previously sentenced Coggins to a minimum of 50 years to life on the two murder charges. 

Current District Attorney Jason Schmidt told WNY News Now’s Matt Hummel in June that Coggins’ attorney was challenging certain trial court rulings that were made during the original trial process. 

“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,” explained Schmidt. 

Coggins was 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. 

Since the appeal was denied, he will continue to serve his prison term at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. 


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