Attempted murder case heads to trial

JOHNSTOWN – An attempted murder case involving a man accused of attacking a woman in her Gloversville home last summer is headed to a Fulton County Court trial May 31.

Elijah P. Brown, 24, formerly of 13 N. Water St., Gloversville, will stand trial before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye.

County District Attorney Chad Brown will prosecute the case.

The defendant was indicted Nov. 10 by a county grand jury on charges of felony second-degree attempted murder, felony first-degree burglary that causes physical injury, and first-degree burglary with the use of a dangerous instrument, first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.

Officers said Brown entered a residence on Spring Street on July 7 and severely assaulted a female with a large frying pan during a home invasion. Brown then fled the area, and evidence collected at the scene later linked Brown to the attack, police said.

Police said there was no prior relationship between the two, and it is believed Brown was “casing” the address prior to the assault. The woman had to undergo surgery following the attack, police said.

In August, Brown was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Kingston, Ulster County.

At the time, he was charged with felony first-degree burglary with a firearm, felony first-degree robbery with a firearm, felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing for another case. In that case, Brown was allegedly involved with an armed robbery at a residence at 48 Spring St. on April 15. Brown allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun before stealing jewelry from her.

In a news release, Gloversville police said the indictment was the result of good police work supported by video and DNA evidence. Former police Chief Donald VanDeusen said he had “every bit of confidence” in the police work.

Another Fulton County Court trial is slated to start March 16 before Hoye.

David Introne, 52, of Ephratah has a sexual abuse case before the judge.

He was arrested May 6, 2015, charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

State police in Fonda say Introne is accused on having sexual contact with a minor child under 13-years-old. The investigation was initiated when troopers were contacted by Fulton County Child Protective Services with allegations of possible abuse.

According to troopers, Introne was charged after admitting to the acts while being interviewed at the state police barracks.

Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis is prosecuting the case.

The names of the defense attorneys for both Brown and Introne were unavailable Friday.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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