Man accused of Lackawanna stabbing murder pleads not guilty

Posted at 1:00 PM, Aug 26, 2016

An emotionless Christian Gillie was escorted into his arraignment inside of the Erie County Courthouse alongside his lawyer Friday and pleaded not guilty for the murder of 23-year-old Robert Wheeler of Lackawanna.

Gillie was arrested on August 9th for allegedly breaking into Wheeler's home and stabbing him to death, over 20 times.

Friday the prosecution stated, based on expert testimony, that Gillie is mentally competent and able to move forward with the arraignment process. They concluded by saying the grand jury is willing and ready to move forward with trial.

Gillie's defense attorney reiterated that he will plead not guilty and that they are prepared to plead his case within the next 45 days.

The next court meeting is scheduled for September 9th at 9:30am, in front of the Honorable Judge Kenneth Case.