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Murder suspect pleads not guilty

Murder suspect pleads not guilty

Randy Green, bouncing his way into his Fulton County Court arraignment Friday with an exaggerated sp

Randy Green, bouncing his way into his Fulton County Court arraignment Friday with an exaggerated spring in his step, did not look at the family members of the man he is accused of stabbing to death.

The 26-year-old Green pleaded innocent, answering Judge Polly A. Hoye with a clear “yes” each time she asked him a question. When she reviewed the Dec. 1 indictment charging him with second-degree murder and five other counts in the Aug. 15 death of 63-year-old Ray Pike, Judge Hoye asked if he understood the allegations.

“I understand the full extent,” he replied.

Green’s attorney, Robert Abdella, declined comment on the case. After Green’s arrest the day of the killing, Abdella said Pike’s history as a Level 3 sex offender would be a factor in this case.

Green told police he repeatedly stabbed Pike and slashed his throat because he discovered Pike possessed child pornography.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira on Friday said again that the investigation had turned up no evidence to support Green’s story. Pike was arrested in 1990 for molesting a 13-year-old boy. He served a prison term.

Pike’s daughter, Melissa Richardson, said Friday her father regretted his actions and had spent his life since then trying to redeem himself. “He changed,” she said.

Pike was a volunteer for a number of charities and regularly attended Gloversville Common Council meetings.

“It’s sad Randy Green had to take matters into his own hands and do what he did,” she said.

Richardson and Pike’s sister, Louise King, said they want it on the record that a toxicology screen performed during the autopsy showed Pike had no alcohol or drugs in his system. It had been reported that Pike, Green and a third man, recently identified as Pike’s roommate, Gordon Wilson, had all been drinking together before they decided to walk to Price Chopper on the Rail Trail. Pike was killed on the trail, just east of Foster Avenue.

Sira said Friday that while there is some indication Green had been drinking the evening before the killing, there is no way to determine if he was intoxicated.

Richardson said that she would prefer it if Green decided to accept a plea bargain and allowed the family to avoid the ordeal of a trial.

Sira was not ready to discuss terms of a possible plea bargain, but she said if Green goes to trial as a second felony offender he will be subject to a longer sentence than the maximum 25 years to life provided for the crime of second-degree murder. The indictment also accuses Green of second-degree assault for allegedly striking Pike with a board earlier in the evening, before the walk on the rail trail. Sira said that incident could subject Green to consecutive terms.

“We have to flesh all that out,” Sira said.

Wilson’s alleged role in the events of Aug. 15 was outlined in a Dec. 11 indictment charging him with felony tampering with evidence. The 45-year-old Wilson, who shared an apartment with Pike on Bleecker Street, is accused of assisting Green in trying to burn up Green’s bloody clothes and the hunting knife police said was used to kill Pike.

After the killing, police said, Green and Wilson took a taxi to Vandenburgh’s Point in Mayfield and camped the remainder of that night on the shore of the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Richardson and King said they knew Wilson was involved and expressed relief he was arrested.

The two women said Wilson attended Pike’s funeral and expressed his condolences but did not admit he witnessed the killing.

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