Updated 12/07/2010 10:52 PM
Wayne Oxley speaks out, maintains innocence
It's taken two trials and nearly two months of testimony, but now Wayne Oxley sits and waits for a jury to come to a decision about whether he's guilty of murdering a neighbor back in 2005. Our Rachael Paradis spoke with Oxley outside of court, where he talked about the long, five year wait.
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ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I've maintained my innocence since day one. I did not kill Bernie Trickey."
Wayne Oxley faces charges for a murder he says he didn't commit. In 2005, his neighbor was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Ogdensburg. Oxley was convicted, but that verdict was overturned and now five years after the murder, Oxley is waiting as a 12 person jury once again decides his fate.
"A lot anxiety and stress."
The defense maintains that John Shannon, Oxley's neighbor, is responsible for the murder. Shannon died in 2005 in a house fire, but Oxley says Shannon bothered him all night to borrow his baseball bat, which Oxley eventually gave him. Oxley says he went to bed at 11 p.m. after a night of drinking and taking pills. Trickey was murdered sometime in the early morning. Oxley says police didn't try hard enough to find who really killed Trickey and that this is justice at its worst.
"This isn't supposed to happen in this country. I mean, people are supposed to do the right thing. Prosecutors are supposed to do the right thing."
Everyday Oxley is accompanied in court by supporters, including his father and friends, who also say he's innocent. If found guilty again, he knows what reactions will come.
"There's gonna be a lot of crying again. Lots of crying. A lot of people are gonna cry."
Oxley says the situation is frustrating.
"I have more sadness for my children than I do anybody else. My father, I can't imagine what he's going through. I can just imagine with my children, if I was in my position, what I'd be going through."
Oxley will return to court Wednesday morning and wait once more as jurors decide his future.