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Suspect in 1991 murder of Greece teacher appears in court

Greece, N.Y.– A man charged with the murder of a Greece music teacher in 1991 appeared in Monroe County Court Wednesday.

Edward Laraby, 60, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, was wheeled into court Wednesday.

He is awaiting trial in the murder of Stephanie Kupchynsky, 27. She disappeared in July 1991. Her remains were found seven years later in rural Orleans County.

Greece Police said Laraby confessed to the crime.

He is currently serving two life sentences at the Wende Correctional Facility outside Buffalo for sexual abuse and attempted murder charges in an unrelated case.

Laraby's attorney said his client’s condition is deteriorating rapidly and it is difficult for him to understand court proceedings and to communicate. 

Jury selection in his trial is expected to begin September 3.

He may be transferred to the Monroe County Jail the week of August 15 before the trial starts.

The judge told Laraby he has the right to be in court for the trial, if he is medically able, but illness doesn't mean the trial can't proceed without him.

 
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