ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A man accused of killing another man in Rome is back in court.
Derrick Carter, 24, has been charged with second degree murder after police say he shot Charles Digristine, 50, at the victim's home in March.
Monday, Carter's attorney argued to have evidence excluded from the trial. He said that the terms under which a witness identified Carter as the killer were not valid. He believes a plea deal influenced the witness' statement.
The District Attorney's office disagrees and believes the Rome Police Department acted properly.
"We have confidence in our case. We presented everything we have to the court. I'm sure that the judge will render a just decision in that regard," said Assistant District Attorney Robert Bauer.
During the hearing, the defense also argued against the use of an affidavit linking Carter to a cell phone that was allegedly near the scene that day.
Another hearing will be held on October 29th where the DA's office will be responding to a number of motions made by the defense.