BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A “time warp,” were the direct words from Almond Upton, the man now charged with first-degree murder of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner, when offering his explanation of what happened Thursday.
Upton remains in the Broome County Jail Friday, while authorities continue to investigate the case. Upton seemed confused on the scene, at one point said “It’s so sad what happened to, I don’t know what happened. A time warp must have taken place.”
Trooper Skinner was struck and killed during a traffic stop along I-81 in Broome County. Police say Upton intentionally ran him down with his pickup truck.
“Didn’t mean to. It’s so sad,” is what 61-year-old Upton had to say when he was taken into custody by state police.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said, “Upon seeing our trooper standing next to the BMW, [Upton’s vehicle] traveled from the passing lane into the driving lane and intentionally struck the trooper and killed him.”
Authorities say Upton was speeding on I-81 near Binghamton when Trooper Skinner was hit. The 42-year-old engaged father of two died instantly.
Upton has been arraigned and charged with first-degree murder. Police say he didn’t appear to be drunk or on drugs.
However when he was asked to explain himself, he said, “I don’t know what happened. There had to be a time warp. Honestly I’m not bull-shitting I have proof in Connecticut. A time warp or something had to happen. I was two miles from the Connecticut border. Believe me.”
Police say they will determine if Upton is mentally unstable at a later date. For now the Florida man remains in Broome County Jail without bail.
“We’re at the very beginning of this process. Believe me. There is a lot of work to be done,” Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen said. “We’ll be speaking to anyone who had any kind of connection to Upton, try to track his movements prior to the accident and try to make some sense of this.”
Before the incident that killed Trooper Skinner, Upton was traveling northbound on I-81 and hit two other vehicles.