Fredonia manslaughter trial moved to October

MAYVILLE – The start date for the manslaughter trial of Theodore Wickham has been moved from Aug. 6 to Oct. 29.

According to Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, after a conference with Wickham’s defense council last week, both parties agreed to move the trial due to the close proximity of the August date with the date of another high-profile case for Anthony Taglianetti, the man accused of shooting Clymer Central School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September.

“Since the two trials are back-to-back on the docket, and the Public Defender’s Office is covering both of them, they requested adjournment, which I gave my consent to, as well,” Foley said.

Taglianetti’s trial is set to start on Sept. 17. Both Wickham and Taglianetti are being represented by Nathaniel Barone Jr., who heads the Public Defender’s Office.

Wickham is accused of killing Frank Slate Jr. of Fredonia last September. He is charged with second-degree manslaughter after he allegedly shot Slate with a 16-gauge shotgun following an argument between them.

Taglianetti is charged with second-degree murder.

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