Cortland County murder case moves forward

Ariela Thran, 32, of Granby (Oswego County), appeared in Cortland County Court in February. She is being accused of beating her mother, Patricia Allison Halverson, to death. (Photo provided by Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland County case that involves a daughter allegedly murdering her mother continues to move on.

Ariela Thran, 32, of Granby (Oswego County), was arrested on Jan. 6 in connection to the murder of her mother and county resident, Patricia Allison Halverson

Halverson was found dead on Jan. 3 outside her residence at Wildman Road in the town of Solon. According to court documents, Thran is being accused of beating Halverson to death in late December (2023).

Thran is facing the charge of second-degree murder, a Class A-II Felony.

Recently, in county court, public defender Kevin Jones requested autopsy records. He noted that the records are vital documents in terms of evidence, adding that the docs should have been shared already with the county public defender’s office.

The district attorney’s office noted that a judge’s order is required by law to issue the records. The request is currently under consideration by county judge David Alexander.

Thran pleaded not guilty during a February county court session. According to Jones, Thran says she is innocent. Defense will also not accept a plea deal.

The deadline for a motion from the defense is April 26, and the people’s response is due May 10.

Thran is currently being held at Cortland County Jail. Her bail is set at $50,000 cash, $1 million bond, or a $10 million partially-secured bond with 10% down.