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Trial Date Set for Man Charged With Killing State Trooper

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By Fox 40 Staff.
A day before the one-year anniversary of the death of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner, a trial date has been set for the man charged with killing him.

60-year-old Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida is facing a first-degree murder charge after police say he intentionally killed Trooper Skinner last May 29th.

Authorities say Upton was driving north on Interstate 81 in the Town of Chenango when he swerved from the left lane to hit Trooper Skinner who was standing outside his vehicle while conducting a traffic stop. Upton has pleaded not guilty to the charge. His trial is scheduled to begin on November 9th.

A number of state troopers were present at court dates last year to support the Skinner family. The head of Troop C has said that support will continue throughout the trial.