Bail set for teen charged with murdering girl


Bail was set Monday for 18-year-old Smithville resident Cody Coleman, who was charged in the May 3 death of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Amelia Wakefield of Oxford.

Judge Frank Revoir set bail at $600,000 cash or $1 million bond at the request of Acting Chenango County District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, according to court officials.

Wakefield, an 11th-grader at Oxford Academy, was found dead at a Smithville residence around 6:45 p.m. May 3, according to a police report. Coleman was arrested May 7 on a bench warrant for a parole violation, according to a media release.

Coleman was charged with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon after a sealed indictment opened in Chenango County Court charged that he shot the 16-year-old in the head with a 16-gauge shotgun.

Coleman is represented by Zachary T. Wentworth of the Chenango County Public Defender’s Office. He is being held at the Chenango County Correctional Facility and had not posted bail as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to corrections officials.

Coleman’s next court appearance has not yet been scheduled, according to court officials. 

Wentworth and Ferrarese could not be reached for comment. 

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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