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Casey Callahan

CALLAHAN FOUND GUILTY

BULLETIN

17 YEARS LATER,

CALLAHAN GUILTY

Casey Callahan

COOPERSTOWN – A jury this morning found Casey Callahan guilty of murder in the second degree for the Jan.19, 2000 death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.

The verdict came in around 11:30 a.m. District Attorney John Muehl prosecuted the case throughout the week, calling 21 witnesses. In the final hours of the trial yesterday morning, Callahan himself was called to the stand by his attorney, William Schebaum.

ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL

DAY ONE: Monday, Sept. 11

• IN OPENING REMARKS, District Attorney Muehl paraphrases suspect Callahan: “I can kill someone and get away with it.”

• TRUCK DRIVER George Borrowdale describes witnessing Callahan’s rig running over wife Elizabeth

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Jury Deliberations Begin in Murder Trial
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day FOUR

Jury Deliberations

Begin in Murder Trial

District Attorney John Muehl gives his closing statement in the trial against Casey Callahan, accused of killing his wife Elizabeth in January 2000. (Parker Fish/AllOTESEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With a total 22 witnesses called, including suspect Casey Callahan, the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the murder trial against Callahan, who was charged with killing his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, at a truck stop on January 19, 2000.

“Four tires ran directly down the center of her body,” said District Attorney John Muehl in his closing statement. “I submit you can’t do that by accident. This plan was tailor-made for Elizabeth.”

But Callahan’s defense argued that the jury is tasked with deciding if jurisdiction allowed Elizabeth’s death in Pennsylvania, which Callahan maintained was an accident, could be prosecuted in New York. “There is no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that this case belongs in New York State,” said William Schebaum, Callahan’s attorney. “I urge you not to allow speculation, emotion, or even a dislike of the defendant to be a substitute to fact.”

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Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t The Best Husband’

Callahan: ‘I Wasn’t

The Best Husband’

With Suspect Taking Stand In

Own Defense, Testimony At End

Murder defendant Casey Callahan of Goodyear Lake took the stand in his own defense this afternoon; (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.,com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Accused of running over his wife with his rig 17 years ago, Casey Callahan took the stand in his own defense as three days of testimony came to an end.

“I wasn’t the best husband,” Callahan told his lawyer, Public Defender Bruce Maxson. “I could say mean things at times, but I loved her.” When Maxson questioned him about earlier testimony that alleged domestic abuse, Callahan responded, “I’ve never hit her. I’ve never kicked her.”

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Elizabeth’s Last Words: ‘I Love You’ Investigator Testifies
CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day THREE

Victim’s Words Before Death,

Investigator Says: ‘I Love You’

COOPERSTOWN – Investigator Sean Ralph testified that Casey Callahan, currently on trial for the 2000 murder of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, told him that her final words to her husband were “‘I love you, I’ll see you on the other side’,” allegedly referring to the opposite side of the Dandy Mart truck stop where Callahan was to pick her up.

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Allegations of Physical Abuse Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day TWO

Allegations of Physical Abuse

Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Elizabeth Welsh Callahan allegedly told her niece, Amanda Travis, that her husband Casey Callahan had kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant with their son, Connor.

“I didn’t like the way he treated Lizzy,” Travis said during her testimony as part of this afternoon’s proceedings in the case against Callahan, who is charged with Elizabeth’s murder.

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Elizabeth in ‘Severe Emotional Distress’ Before Death, Doctor Says

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day TWO

Doctor Alleges Elizabeth In

‘Severe Emotional Distress’

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan, left, listens to witness testimony alongside his attorney, Bruce Maxson. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The day before she died, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan was under “severe emotional distress” stemming from her marriage to Casey Callahan, her physician, Dr. Joan Bachorik, testified this morning in her husband’s murder trial resulting from her death at a truck stop in Pennsylvania in January 2000.

“I remember her because she was probably the most pathetic person I had ever seen in my office,” said Bachorik.

Records showed that the day before her death, Elizabeth had an appointment with Bachorik, during which the doctor offered to call the police on her behalf. “But she refused out of fear that he would kill her,” she said.

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Killing Intrigued Callahan, 2 Former Friends Testify

CASEY CALLAHAN TRIAL: Day ONE

Killing Intrigued Suspect,

2 Former Friends Testify

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan, right, is led out of the Otsego County Courthouse by a sheriff’s deputy at the conclusion of the first day of his trial. An Attica inmate, he is currently being housed at the Otsego County Jail. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan, on trial for murder in Otsego County Court, discussed with two friends why and how he would kill someone shortly before the 2000 death of his wife, the two testified this afternoon.

“I’ve always wanted to know what it felt like” to kill someone, one witness, Joseph Keto, Oneonta, on the stand this afternoon, recalled hearing Callahan say.

“He said he would run someone over with a truck,” said the other witness, Patrick Welsh, Goodyear Lake, brother of the alleged murder victim, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, Casey’s wife.

Callahan’s trial, which began with opening statements this morning, recessed for lunch, then testimony continued until 4:30.

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AllOTSEGO.com Exclusive: Husband On Trial In Death of Wife

AllOTSEGO.com EXCLUSIVE

17 YEARS LATER,

HUSBAND TRIED

IN DEATH OF WIFE

Casey Callahan watches this morning’s proceedings in Courtroom #1 in Cooperstown. The former Goodyear Lake man is charged with murder in the death of his wife 17 years ago. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Muehl, Maxson Deliver Opening Arguments

As Otsego County Court Proceedings Start

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – District Attorney John Muehl didn’t mince words this morning in his opening statement in the murder trial of Casey Callahan, formerly of Goodyear Lake, now an Attica inmate.

“I can kill someone and get away with it,” Muehl said. “I’d take somebody for a ride, stop at the Dandy Mart just off Route 17, just inside Pennsylvania, and run them over. They’ve got a Mayberry police department. They’re understaffed. They wouldn’t investigate an accident. That’s what they’d call it – an accident.”

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Callahan Trial Date Set For March

Callahan Trial Date

Set For March 27

Casey Callahan

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan is scheduled to go to trial on March 27 in the alleged murder of his wife, Elizabeth, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

He was charged last June with her murder, which Muehl believes was planned in Otsego County. Callahan is currently serving 12 1/2 years at the Attica Correctional Facility for a conviction on criminal sexual act in the first degree.

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DA’s Office: Callahan Trial Likely In 2017

DA’s Office: No Trial

For Callahan ’til 2017

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan, 50, will likely go to trial in 2017 after being arrested in June for the alleged killing of his wife Elizabeth 16 years before in Pennsylvania,  according to Investigator Mike Ten Eyck at the county District Attorney’s Office.

“There’s not as much of a rush; he’s not sitting in the county jail, he’s already serving a sentence in Attica,” said Ten Eyck, after Callahan was back at the county courthouse today to for “a monthly return date.”  His next visit here will be Oct. 3.

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