Schuyler County Judge Dennis Morris is allowing the woman charged in the murder of her child's father be allowed to keep her lawyer, the very same lawyer used to represent the murder victim and his mother. Alice Trappler is accused of conspiring with her ex-husband and his step-brother to kill the father of her child, Daniel Bennett, last April in the Town of Dix. Bennett was shot and killed the day before he and Trappler were due in court to fight over the custody of their child.
Attorney Susan Betzjitomir previously represented Bennett and his mother in separate, unrelated cases. Trappler told Morris she understands that and still wants Betzjitomir as a lawyer. Trappler’s ex-husband, Thomas Borden, committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. His step-brother Nathan Hand took a plea deal of 20 years in prison in exchange for testimony against Trappler.