Deliberations underway in Xerox FCU robbery, murder case

Updated: November 08, 2019 09:14 AM
Created: November 07, 2019 09:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Deliberations have begun in the trial of Richard Wilbern, who is accused of robbing the Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster in 2003.

Xerox employee Raymond Batzel was shot and killed during that robbery.


Deliberations are expected to resume Friday at 8:45 a.m.

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, the jury requested a read-back of the testimony of a man described as Wilbern’s best friend at the time, who claimed Wilbern owned an FBI jacket similar to the one the robber was wearing in the credit union’s surveillance video.

Thursday morning during closing arguments US attorney Doug Gregory said DNA evidence came back as a match for Wilbern, and that the person who committed the crime knew his way around Xerox and was familiar with the credit union.

Then he reminded the jury of the testimony of a former co-worker of Wilbern, who said he heard Wilbern say he would get his money after

Wilbern unsuccessfully sued Xerox for firing him in 2001.

Defense attorney Sonya Zoghlin referred to Wilbern as a mild-mannered man who settled his grievances in a courtroom, not with a gun.

She says the co-worker who identified Wilbern was motivated by a $50,000 reward.

She also showed two pictures of Wilbern in the same credit union and compared them to the still taken from the surveillance video. Wilbern appears much heavier than the robber.

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