Fredonia manslaughter trial to begin on Tuesday

Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday for 46-year-old Theodore S. Wickham of Dunkirk, one of the two men accused of killing 73-year-old Frank T. Slate Jr. of Fredonia in September 2012.

Wickham was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he and Christopher M. Grant, 28, also of Dunkirk, allegedly shot Slate with a 16-gauge shotgun following an argument between the men at Slate’s home on Porter Avenue. Wickham is allegedly the one who shot Slate. Both he and Grant reportedly fled the scene and were found later by police officers.

Grant has already pleaded guilty to the crime.

The trial date for the Wickham case was previously changed twice due to a busy court calendar, which included the high-profile case of Anthony R. Taglianetti II, who was recently found guilty of shooting Clymer Central School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. to death in September 2012.

Wickham is represented by Chautauqua County Public Defender Nathaniel Barone Jr. District Attorney David Foley is representing The People in this matter.

A plea deal in the Wickham case is still possible, despite jury selection being set for Tuesday.

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