EPHRATAH, N.Y. - A Fulton County man has pleaded not guilty to five charges in connection to the murder of his mother.
James Dibble, 29, of Ephratah, was charged with second-degree murder in early July in connection to death of his mother, 58-year-old Gwenda Lisman. He was arraigned on Thursday afternoon in Fulton County which is when he pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Lisman was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head in her home at 227 Mud Road in Ephratah on July 1, 2013. Police say Lisman borrowed the rifle used to kill her from a neighbor to keep animals away from her garden.
Investigators believe Dibble and his mother had been arguing over money in days leading to her death. Lisman's house was in disarray when police arrived after neighbors say they had heard the two fighting.
Family members were in court for Dibble's arraignment, they say its first time they'd seen
him since the murder.
"I'd like to see justice for my sister
Wendy," said Denise Barrett.
A family still grieving
as the Fulton County District Attorney Denise Sira provided new insight
into what may have motived Dibble.
"As early as the 29th of June Ms. Lisman had
reported that jewelry had been stolen out of her residence and she did appear
at our sheriff's office with Mr. Dibble and was pressing that complaint and was
highly upset by the loss of family jewelry."
Neighbors say Dibble had a drug problem. Sira wouldn't comment on that, but
court papers reveal Dibble is accused of stealing more than $1,000 of Lisman's
jewelry and NASCAR collectibles and then trying to pawn them.
NEWS10 ABC's Amy Cutler was in court Thursday, check back for more updates.