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Father of admitted killer pleads not guilty to bribery charges

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CANTON — Steven Trimm, 64, Winthrop, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in St. Lawrence County Court after being indicted on charges that he bribed a witness in an effort to prevent that person from testifying against his son, Dustin J. Trimm, in the latter’s murder trial.

The elder Mr. Trimm was arrested May 21 under a St. Lawrence County Court warrant. He was represented Tuesday in court by Syracuse attorney Emil Rossi and attorney Richard V. Manning, Parishville.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond after Mr. Trimm’s arrest last week. He remains free, pending further proceedings, after posting bail May 21.

Under Mr. Trimm’s unsealed indictment, he faces charges of felony bribing of a witness, fifth-degree conspiracy and fourth-degree criminal solicitation.

In March or April, before his son’s trial was to begin, Mr. Trimm allegedly paid $1,500 to Robert McConnell, owner of the Norfolk property where the body of Jason M. Wing, 21, was found by state police investigators Feb. 1, 2012.

Mr. Trimm is accused of telling Mr. McConnell that they didn’t need to prove his son was innocent, they just had to create reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

Mr. Trimm also allegedly arranged a meeting between the witness and a private investigator.

The younger Trimm, 38, Winthrop, pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 31, 2010, death of Mr. Wing, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act in connection with two other cases pending against him. That plea averted a murder trial that was set to begin earlier this month.

The younger Trimm shot Mr. Wing in the head and chest and buried his body in a wooded area off Grantville Road in the town of Norfolk.

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