JOHNSTOWN - Randy Green, who has been charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 15 stabbing death of Raymond Pike, pleaded not guilty Friday to the six charges against him in Fulton County Court.
In addition to a murder charge, Green, 27, of Gloversville faces one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and felony tampering with physical evidence.
Pike, 63, who was a registered sex offender living in Gloversville, was found dead on a bridge on the Rail Trail early Aug. 15, his body riddled with stab wounds. Green was arrested later that same day.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Randy Green is escorted out of Fulton County Court by Fulton County corrections officers Friday after he pleaded not guilty to six charges in the stabbing death of Raymond Pike.
Green had reportedly been socializing with Pike in the days leading up to the slaying. After the stabbing, police said Green went to a camp on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Mayfield, where he tried to burn his clothing and the knife he allegedly used to stab Pike.
Judge Polly Hoye said Green's next court appearance would be Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m., when the court could schedule pretrial hearings and a trial date.
Green appeared in court Friday with his attorney, Robert Abdella of Gloversville. Abdella declined to comment.
Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said toxicology reports have revealed Pike had no alcohol or drugs in his system when he died.
"The family felt that was important to point out," Sira said.
Police had previously reported Pike, Green and Gordon Wilson, who recently was arrested on charges that he helped Green burn his clothing and the knife, had been drinking together throughout the day and night leading up to the homicide.
Members of Pike's family were in court Friday and said they are disappointed Green did not opt to plead guilty.
"He's going to drag it out," said Pike's daughter, Melissa Richardson. "I'd rather see him plead guilty."
Richardson said the toxicology reports prove Pike was not intoxicated when he was murdered, but relatives were still unsure what Pike and Green had been arguing about prior to Pike's death.
Police said Green claimed he was upset about child pornography he thought Pike had. Sira said recently police have found no evidence of child pornography in Pike's apartment.
Richardson and Pike's sister, Louise King, said they are disappointed to see it pointed out that Pike was a convicted sex offender. Pike was arrested by Johnstown police in 1990 and later convicted of second-degree sodomy. Pike was sentenced to serve two to six years in state prison for the crime, which involved a 13-year-old male victim.
"A life was taken," said Pike's niece, Christine King. "A life is a life. He had changed."
Richardson said her "heart sank" when she found out that Gordon Wilson had been charged in connection with the murder. Wilson was charged with tampering with physical evidence Dec. 11.
"He had the nerve to come to [Pike's] funeral," she said. "He said he was sorry. If he was sorry, he should have stopped it."
Sira said she could not speculate as to whether the case would go to trial but said her office had Green's prior criminal history to bring up if the case does go to trial.
A court conference on Wilson's case is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., Sira said.