Cody Coleman, the boyfriend of deceased Oxford teen Amelia Wakefield, was charged with her murder on Friday.
The opening of a sealed indictment in Chenango County Court charged that Coleman, 18, shot the 16-year-old using a 16-gauge Remington pump shotgun, according to Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting. Coleman is charged with second-degree murder and is also charged with criminal use of firearm and the criminal possession of a weapon.
"Whenever you have an incident, you investigate everything thoroughly and when stories change and don't match physical evidence, we take a step back and the case morphs into what it is," Cutting said. "In this case, it was looked at as a homicide and not an accidental."
The grand jury indictment was issued on Thursday and was opened in Chenango County court on Friday.
Wakefield was found dead on 136 Water St. in Smithville on May 3, according to a police report. She was taken to Lourdes Hospital for an autopsy the next day, per the report.
Coleman is being held in Chenango County Correctional Facility without bail, according to Sheriff Cutting. Previously, Coleman was arrested on May 7 on a bench warrant for a parole violation, according to a media release. According to information given by Chenango County to the Mobile Patrol cellphone application, Coleman was charged with fifth degree criminal possession of an illegal drug at that time.
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