UPDATE ON TROOPER DEATH IN BROOME COUNTY

60 year old Almond Upton of Florida charged with 1st degree murder following the death of Trooper Christopher Skinner on I-81 in the town of Chenango this afternoon. Troop C commanding officer Major Donald Faughnan said that Upton veered intentionally from the left lane, hit 2 cars stopped on the right shoulder & intentionally struck trooper Skinner, killing him instantly. He fled into the woods, & was apprehended after an hour, he was not visibly intoxicated, and was not wearing any clothing.   Upton was being held pending future court action, I-81 remains closed for the accident reconstruction team to gather evidence.