Friends of Penfield murder victim attending trial

July 07, 2017 09:35 PM

People who knew Craig Rideout and say they want justice in his death attended the trial as prosecutors unveiled new evidence in the case on Friday.

Prosecutors unveiled evidence that tracked Craig Rideout from the murder scene in Penfield, to the woods in Penn Yan where his body was found. 


Jurors learned that their cell phones are getting tracked all the time. The technology that does that is the same technology that pinpointed Craig Rideout's cell phone from the place he was killed, to the place he was found. 

When Rideout's body was found wrapped in this tarp, police found his cell phone in his pocket. 

Based on cell phone records, an FBI special agent said Rideout's cell started moving south from his home in Penfield at 3:12 a.m. on July 20, 2016. It stopped moving at 4:51 a.m. in Yates County. 

An expert in the Monroe County Crime Lab said the duct tape used to secure the garrote which was used to strangle Craig Rideout had the same pattern and material as a roll of duct tape found inside the home of co-defendants Paul Tucci and Laura Rideout. 

All this information is hard to hear for Dennis and Pat Slimmer, who came to court Friday. 

Dennis worked with Craig Rideout for 15 years. 

"He's a good person and I want to see justice be done," Dennis Slimmer said.

Berkeley Brean:  "When you look at the defendants, do you feel anything?"

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"The thing is, we know he loved his children," Pat Slimmer said. "Loved his children. And he (was) a good man."

"I just wonder what is going to be the outcome for, as Dennis says, there needs to be justice," Pat Slimmer added.

The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday.


Berkeley Brean

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