A Steuben County grand jury will hear the case of the two men charged in the murder of a 28-year-old man from Bath. The suspects were arraigned Monday afternoon. YNN's Crystal Cranmore was in Corning City Court and tells us what happened.
CORNING, N.Y. -- Just days after a murder put a Corning community on high alert, Jacob Horn, 23, and Ryan Morrow, 20, had their formal arraignment with their lawyers Monday.
The two are charged with the murder of Phillip Lough, 28, of Bath. His body was discovered inside a kitchen cupboard at a vacant home on Pine Street in Corning Saturday.
According to court documents, authorities believe Horn and Morrow intentionally killed Lough on the night of October 30th. Prosecutors say the cause of death is blunt force trauma.
Horn pleaded not guilty to the charges, but admitted his involvement exclusively to YNN Sunday afternoon.
"I just want to say that I'm sorry and I didn't mean to kill him. That's all I'm going to say until I talk to my attorney," said Horn.
Horn waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His alleged accomplice, Morrow, also pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. His preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled, but he is due back in court on December 3rd for a status check. Both men are also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
As for the community that is left on edge, the District Attorney's office says murders do not happen often in the county.
“There was one in 2011. This is the only situation in 2013 the county has seen so far," said Brooks Baker, Steuben County District Attorney.
The investigation into Lough's death is ongoing. In the meantime, Morrow and Horn are being held behind bars without bail.