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Attorney requests adjournment

August 13, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - The attorney for a town man whose wife's dead body was found June 4 has requested an adjournment in his client's appearance for a driving while intoxicated case, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Town Court.

Gloversville attorney Robert Abdella said today he requested adjournment until a later date for Brent S. Alling Sr., 42, of 127 Delaney Road. Last week, Abdella indicated he personally had another court appearance out of the area Tuesday.

Both Town Justice John Papa and Town Court Clerk Diane Henderson said today the next court appearance for Alling is still scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, but that could change pending formal review of Abdella's request.

Alling was charged June 5 by state police with driving while intoxicated, a license-restriction violation, unsafe turn/failure to signal, a seatbelt violation and refusal to take a breath test. Alling pleaded not guilty during arraignment June 12 before Papa, who at the time set Tuesday as the return date in that case.

Alling was held in the Fulton County jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond after his arrest, but was bailed out June 13.

The Fulton Sheriff's Department today continues to investigate what happened to Alling's wife - 54-year-old Kathryn Jackson Alling - whose naked, bruised body was found the morning of June 5 on remote Tyrrell Road by town Highway Department workers collecting trash.

Authorities are waiting for release of autopsy findings by Dr. Michael Sikirica, the medical examiner for the case, to determine the cause and manner of Mrs. Alling's death. Brent Alling has not been charged in his wife's death.

"It's still an active investigation," District Attorney Louise Sira said today. "We're still waiting on those autopsy results."

She said she tried to reach out last week to contact the medical examiner regarding Kathryn Alling's autopsy results, but was unsuccessful. When her body was discovered, authorities said it might take six to eight weeks to get autopsy results back. It has now been over two months since the body was found.

Following the discovery of the body, Sheriff Thomas Lorey labeled Brent Alling as a "person of interest" in his wife's death. The sheriff also told area media the investigation thus far found both Allings had used synthetic "bath salts." He stopped short of saying the hallucinogenic stimulant played a role in the woman's death.

Bath salts cause hallucinations and wild behavior, including the tendency to strip off clothing, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sira last week said she has a "different characterization" than Lorey regarding Alling as a person of interest. She said she isn't attaching that label yet, pending determination of the cause and manner of his wife's death.

Abdella said Thursday, he agreed with that assessment. "A person of interest in what?" the attorney asked.

In his DWI case, authorities said Alling was pulled over while he was driving a blue Dodge pickup truck on Route 30 near Christie Road, about a mile from Delaney Road, where he and Kathryn lived in a camper in the woods between his mother's home, at 127 Delaney Road, and the Cranberry Cove marina.

Witnesses on Tyrrell Road, the dead-end road where town Highway Department employees found Kathryn Alling's body, said they may have seen a similar "strange" blue truck on Tyrrell Road recently, Lorey said in June.

Lorey also said in June the Allings were unemployed and living on social services benefits. He said both have criminal records. He said there was a "history of domestic violence" with Mr. Alling and an ex-wife, but nothing his department has investigated regarded domestic violence with Kathryn Alling.



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