Man Charged in Multiple Robberies Last Fall Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR) — In October of 2019, Utica Police arrested Kevin Byng as a suspect in two bank robberies and an attempted grocery store robbery all in the same day. All three incidents took place in the city. One was at M&T bank, another at Key Bank and the last one was at the Price Chopper in South Utica.

Byng was charged with one count of third-degree robbery, and one count of third-degree attempted robbery, both of which are felonies. Back in March he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The defense ordered a psychiatric exam to determine Byng’s competency. This morning, the results from the report were presented in Oneida County court and he was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Byng will be transmitted to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Judge Bauer has adjourned for one year, until or unless Byng is found competent to assist in his own defense

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