The Locally Owned Voice of the Capital Region

Father charged with murder in shooting death of son in Old Forge

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Text Size: A | A

— A western New York police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in his son’s shooting at an Adirondack motel last summer.

Local media outlets report that 59-year-old Michael Leach pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning during his arraignment in Herkimer County Court after a grand jury indictment was unsealed.

Leach told authorities he shot his 37-year-old son, Matthew Leach, early on the morning of July 21 after mistaking him for an intruder while they were staying at Clark’s Beach Motel in the village of Old Forge.

Leach is being held in the county jail on $200,000 bail.

He’s a retired Rochester police captain and part-time officer with the police department in Perry in Wyoming County. It couldn’t be determined if has a lawyer.

Share story: print print email email facebook facebook reddit reddit


Log-in to post a comment.


columnists & blogs

Log into

Forgot Password?