Massena man accused of Lacey Yekel murder headed for Sept. 25 trial
A Massena man accused in a 2014 homicide will go to trial this fall.
Christopher Hebert, 46, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lacey Yekel, who was 25 at the time she was killed.Hebert’s trial will start Sept. 25, according to county court officials. Another trial is scheduled around the same time, and if it isn’t resolved before that date, Hebert will go in front of a jury on Oct. 23, court officials said.
On Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m., there will be a hearing to determine what evidence will be admissible at trial.
Hebert was arraigned in June in St. Lawrence County Court on an indictment charging him with Yekel’s murder.
He pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton.
In a prepared statement, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua said Hebert is alleged "to have intentionally caused the death of then 25 year old Lacey Leigh Yekel, on or about June 7, 2014."
On Aug. 29, 2014, a body that police described at the time as “partially wrapped” was found across from the NYSARC bottle return, off state Route 420. It turned out to be Yekel.
State police say they made the forensic identification based on dental and DNA comparisons. Hebert's arrest comes on the heels of a nearly four-year investigation.
In his statement, Pasqua expressed gratitude to New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and their Violent Crimes Investigation Team and Forensic Identification Unit "for making it possible to proceed here, years after the murder is alleged to have occurred."