Gates man murdered Patricia Miller, burned her body
GENESEO — A Livingston County Court jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning guilty verdicts Wednesday against a Gates man for the 2016 murder of Patricia S. Miller, 64, also of Gates.
After a seven-day trial before Livingston County Court Judge Dennis S. Cohen, Aykut Ozkaynak, 36, was convicted of second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, for killing Miller and then leaving her burning body on Lacey Road in the Town of Caledonia on July 4, 2016.
Prosecutors said Ozkaynak and his girlfriend Mary Neverett killed Miller then took her body to Lacey Road where they set it on fire to conceal evidence. Her badly burned body was identified by the Monroe County and Onondaga County medical examiners’ offices, according to investigators.
The case was investigated by New York State Police with the assistance of other local law enforcement agencies, authorities said.
Livingston County District Attorney Gregory J. McCaffrey called 26 witnesses and presented more than 100 exhibits at the trial.
Ozkaynak was represented by defense attorney Steven Sessler.
Neverett, 42, who agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Miller's death, testified for the prosecution at the trial.
After the jury verdicts, McCaffrey expressed his “gratitude to the members of law enforcement who thoroughly investigated the case and assisted with preparation of the trial.”
Ozkaynak will be sentenced on Jan. 11, 2018. He faces a possible maximum sentences of 25 years to life for the second-degree murder conviction.