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Trial for Massena kidnappers adjourned for three weeks


CANTON — The trial of the Massena couple who allegedly assaulted and attempted to kidnap another Massena teen was adjourned for three more weeks.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday for the trial of Miranda M. Green, 18, and Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, but was brought to a halt by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards for reasons that were not disclosed and stated only as “legal reasons.”

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duvé said a new date of Sept. 16 has been set for jury selection.

“Jury selection will begin on that day with a new panel,” Ms. Duvé said. “Judge Richards adjourned the panel chosen for jury selection today for reasons I can’t discuss.”

Mr. Lloyd is facing charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, petit larceny and second-degree attempted assault.

Ms. Green is facing charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, petit larceny and third-degree assault.

She was in court Monday on a warrant for allegedly failing to comply with a court order to successfully undergo treatment for substance abuse while released under probation supervision.

It is alleged that on Feb. 16, the couple shoved Catherine A. Berry, 18, of Massena to the ground before punching and kicking her in the face.

They then reportedly restrained Ms. Berry’s hands and tried to throw her into their vehicle before their actions drew the attention of neighbors in the Sycamore Street area, where the incident took place. Ms. Berry reportedly suffered bruises and facial swelling as a result of the attack.

That story changed in June when Ms. Berry gave a sworn statement to a Canton private investigator recanting her story, saying that she was coerced to make accusations against the pair and that Mr. Lloyd was trying to break up a fight between her and Ms. Green on Feb. 16.

“He did not try to put me in the car. Miranda Green did not make the statement to put me in the car,” Ms. Berry said in a statement signed June 4 in the presence of Canton private investigator Donald J. Tracy.

Ms. Berry said she was coerced into making a statement against the pair by her parents as well as by village police Officer Tyler J. Condlin and another man, Matthew C. Malu.

Both Ms. Green and Mr. Lloyd remain in St. Lawrence County jail awaiting the trial.

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