Updated: 08/15/2013 3:23 PM
Created: 08/15/2013 3:22 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Authorities say he confessed to the cold-case murder of a Greece music teacher, but it now appears Edward Laraby will never be convicted of the crime.
Laraby, already serving life in prison for rape and attempted murder, suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. It's that illness that is keeping him from being brought back for a trial. He's charged with the murder of Stephanie Kupchynsky, of Greece.
Laraby's murder trial was scheduled to begin in less than three weeks, but it's been pushed back, at least, until November and his condition is only expected to deteriorate. Meaning, he will likely die of his disease without a jury ever hearing his case.
When I-Team 10's Brett Davidsen met Edward Laraby at Wende Correctional Facility in January, the effects of the Lou Gehrig's disease were evident. He is confined to a wheelchair, unable to use his arms or legs and has difficulty speaking.
Given his current medical status, a judge pushed back his trial date Thursday which was scheduled to begin September 2.
Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney, said, “You know, I highly doubt it. We've run into a lot of logistical problems with the Department of Corrections and the Monroe County Jail due to Mr. Laraby's condition."
Doorley says the sheriff's department is unable to meet Laraby's medical needs were he to be brought here for trial. His attorney says driving him back and forth each day from the prison near Buffalo is no solution.
Robert Napier, Laraby's attorney, said, “It ends up being a completely unworkable situation for the defense in terms of adequately preparing for and representing Mr. Laraby at time of trial."
Laraby was arrested for the 1991 strangulation death of Greece music teacher Stephani Kupchynsky. The case remained unsolved until Laraby cut a deal with police last year. In return for providing an incriminating statement, he will be buried outside of prison property upon his eventual death.
Laraby said, “It was not something I intended. Sometimes, I intended to do a given thing, this was not one of those times, but it ended badly.”
While the family of Kupchynsky may never get true justice from a trial, the district attorney says she hopes to provide the next best thing by releasing Laraby's audio taped confession to the public.
Doorley said, "Even if this went to trial and he was convicted, he would not serve one moment ,in addition to, the two life sentences he's already serving. So again, this is weighing the ability to bring him here and the cost of that with my desire to have what I believe to be the most crucial piece of evidence released to the community so they can hear and see what happened."
Laraby has been attempting to be moved to a private medical facility for several months and says he's willing to bargain. He said he has committed at least a dozen homicides and says he would be willing to provide details if he is released from the custody of corrections. Something the state has shown no interest in doing.