New York State Police have arrested four people for the Class A Felony of Murder in the second degree. Two suspects are 15-years-old, a third suspect is 17-years-old and the fourth suspect is identified as 32-year-old Nicolas Meridy. All of the suspects are from the Oneonta area. All four have also been charged with Burglary in the first degree. An additional youth has been charged with Burglary in the first degree.
Troopers were dispatched to a residence on Head Road in the Town of Worcester at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, October 10 for a report of a fire. Troopers located Kenneth W. Robinson, age 53 inside the residence deceased. A subsequent investigation revealed Robinson sustained a fatal gunshot wound prior to the fire. Two children were inside the residing with Robinson at the time of the incident, but were unharmed.
New York State Police have determined no additional suspects are being sought at this time. This is not a random act of violence and there is no threat to the public. The motive is robbery, but Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what the suspects were looking for.
State Police was assisted by the Oneonta Police Department, Otesgo County Sheriff’s Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and the Colchester Police Department, New York State Park Police, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Worcester Fire Department and East Worcester Fire Department.
As the investigation continues, State Police ask any one with informtion to call (607) 561-7400.