NORWICH — A Preston man entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in Chenango County Court, where he was arraigned on a five-count indictment in the December murder of Lucinda Knoll, 39.
William H. Danielson, 48, was charged in a Jan. 10 indictment with two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree assault in connection with the death of Knoll, his former girlfriend.
He is accused of robbing Knoll at her 110 Bourbon St. home in the town of Norwich at about 6:30 a.m. Dec. 27, stealing property and hitting her on the head many times, causing injuries that resulted in her death Dec. 28, the indictment from the grand jury said.
More than 50 people, including relatives, friends and coworkers of Knoll, sat close together on benches Wednesday, sometimes talking but overall maintaining a hushed tone in the courtroom before and after the proceedings.
Three armed guards stood near Danielson, who wore an orange jail uniform and didn’t speak publicly, during arraignment before Judge Frank Revoir.
Scott Clippinger, as defense attorney, entered not guilty pleas on Danielson’s behalf and said bail wouldn’t be requested Wednesday but reserved the right to apply for bail later.
Before court proceedings, Joseph A. McBride, Chenango County district attorney, spoke quietly to Knoll’s mother and stepfather, who were among observers in the front row immediately behind the prosecutor’s table.
After the arraignment, Sheila Strobel, Knoll’s mother, said she wouldn’t answer questions but would make a statement.
“My daughter was a wonderful, caring, loving person that would never hurt a fly,” Strobel said. “She lived for her children. This is a tragedy.”
Lucinda Knoll died of blunt force trauma to her head after Danielson assaulted her while she was putting their 7-year-old son into a vehicle Dec. 27, Chenango County deputies said previously. She was airlifted to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, where she was provided with life support, authorities said.