Judge Denies Motion to Toss Clayton Verdict

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Steuben County Court Judge Peter Bradstreet has denied a motion by Thomas Clayton's defense team which would have tossed the guilty verdict and given Clayton a new trial.

Clayton was back in Steuben County Court on Thursday for the hearing.

He based his appeal on the testimony of prosecution witness Sy Ray, who defense attorney Ray Schlather argued was a fraud.

Sy Ray is the owner of a company which specializes in cell phone and tech data mapping.

Sy Ray had provided cell phone data linking Clayton with the killer, Michael Beard. And Schlather says if the defense had more time to prepare, they had a witness of their own who could refute Sy Ray's testimony.

However, Judge Peter Bradstreet says Schlather could have filed a request for a delay so he could prepare, which Schlather did not do.

Clayton was convicted in late February in the 2015 beating death of his wife, Kelly Stage Clayton.

Her family members were in the courtroom when the motion was denied.

Today's ruling means Clayton will be sentenced as scheduled on Monday.

He faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

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