State trooper murder suspect: 'There had to be a time warp'

By Jillian Marshall

May 29, 2014 Updated May 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The man who is charged with intentionally hitting and killing a New York State Trooper is now behind bars and charged with first-degree murder.

Almond Upton, 60 of Melrose, Fla., is officially charged with the murder of state trooper Christopher Skinner.

Police said Upton was driving a 2014 white Toyota pick-up truck on Interstate 81 North Thursday afternoon when he swerved to hit Skinner on purpose.

On his way into Town of Chenango Court for his arraignment Thursday night, Upton told Action News he wasn't sure why he did it. But on the way out after he was officially charged with murder in the first degree, he told a different story.

"I was two miles away from the Connecticut border, and all of a sudden I'm in Binghamton New York, being beamed to New York," Upton said.

"The cop that got killed, I don't know how it happened, there had to be a time warp. Honestly, I'm not bull****ing. I have proof in Connecticut. It's a time warp or something had to happen," Upton added.

Action News spoke to Upton's next-door neighbor in Florida, Michelle Weeks, who described him as dramatic, but overall was a nice guy.

The neighbor also said Upton has a wife and son in Melrose.

He is currently being held in the Broome County Correctional Facility without bail.