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The Telegram
  • Forestport man pleads not guilty to murder in wife’s death

  • A former New Jersey man accused of killing his wife in Forestport last month is due to report in two weeks whether he wants to accept a plea offer or take his case to trial.

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  • A former New Jersey man accused of killing his wife in Forestport last month is due to report in two weeks whether he wants to accept a plea offer or take his case to trial.
    Larry Utter, 49, was indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder last week, and on Monday he pleaded not guilty in Oneida County Court to the single charge accusing him of intentionally shooting his wife, Stacey, 45, on June 11.
    Utter is set to appear again in front of Judge Michael L. Dwyer on Monday, July 29, to report on the prosecution’s plea offer.
    Initially, Utter told 911 he accidentally shot his wife inside their rural Trestle Road home.
    But Utter was soon arrested after further investigation revealed Stacey Utter had been shot twice with a pump-action shotgun, and the married couple had a series of “domestic tensions” over the past year that occasionally involved a police response.
    Larry Utter moved to the area from New Jersey less than two years ago.
    No reason has yet been given for why investigators believe Utter shot his wife, who had been staying elsewhere in the days leading up to her death.
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