Man indicted for murder in death of NYS Trooper

By Anna Norris

Man indicted for murder in death of NYS Trooper

August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The man accused of intentionally hitting and killing a New York State Trooper in May was indicted on numerous charges, including first-degree murder.

A grand jury handed up the indictment in Broome County Court Wednesday against Almond Upton, 60, of Melrose, Fla.

Upton is accused of intentionally swerving on northbound Interstate 81 to hit Trooper Christopher Skinner, 42, who was conducting a routine traffic stop on the side of the highway.

Skinner died instantly.

Upton is charged with the following:
- Murder in the first degree
- Two counts of assault in the second degree
- One count of criminal mischief in the second degree
- Two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree
- Five counts of reckless driving

District Attorney Gerald Mollen and Senior Assistant Joshua Shapiro are prosecuting the case.

A judge has not been assigned to the case yet, so no arraignment date has been set for Upton in Broome County Court.