ITHACA, N.Y. — The trial for Jeremy Vann, a Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy facing 14 charges, has been adjourned, again, until November.

The adjournment happened Thursday afternoon when the defense made a motion to delay the trial after a witness they hoped would testify, an officer or deputy, became ill.

“It was the defense’s request, not ours. We’re ready to go,” said Acting District Attorney Andrew Bonavia.

The trial has been delayed at least two other times this year. On Monday, Judge Joseph Cassidy told a courtroom full of jurors that he was adjourning the case a week because Defense Attorney Ray Schlather suffered the unexpected loss of a close colleague and friend.

The trial was also in April, shortly after former Tompkins County Assistant District Attorney Wendy Franklin left the DA’s office to pursue other job opportunities.  The Cortland Voice reported that she was hired as assistant county attorney in Cortland County.

Vann is being charged on a 14-count indictment for allegedly assaulting a woman, committing grand larceny and burglarizing her home. He was initially charged with a 16-count indicted but two of the charges were dropped last Friday.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.