Cortland stabbing suspect's case moves to county court

Andrew J. Pilcher, 32, of Cortland (City of Cortland Police Department)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The suspect in a fatal stabbing last week on Main Street waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Cortland City Court.

Thirty-two-year-old Andrew J. Pilcher, of Cortland, faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon following the stabbing death of 28-year-old Damian S. Grant, whom Pilcher recently had an altercation with that resulted in Grant’s death, according to court documents.

Pilcher’s lawyer, Luke Fenchel, asked city court officials to reduce his client’s bail from $20,000 cash to $10,000 or $5,000 cash. Cortland County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Simser requested bail be raised to $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Friends and family members of Pilcher attended the hearing on his behalf. Pilcher has no previous criminal convictions; however, City Judge Elizabeth Burns—after listening to both arguments—decided bail would remain at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Since Pilcher waived his right to a preliminary hearing, his case will now be transferred to Cortland County Court for future arraignments.

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