Attorneys for defendants break down high-profile murder trial

Wednesday, July 26

The attorneys for Paul Tucci, who was cleared, and Laura Rideout, who was found guilty on all charges, spoke to us about the seismic verdict in the murder trial of Craig Rideout.

Michael Schiano said that Tucci, Laura Rideout's boyfriend, was both relieved but depressed as the reality set in.

David Pilato represented Laura, who was taken away after her conviction for second degree murder, tampering with evidence and burglary. He said Laura was prepared for the worst, and handled it the best she could.

Craig Rideout's sister Robyn Drew released a statement thanking law enforcement and the district attorney's efforts in this more-than-a-year-long process.

She said in part, "Heartfelt thanks to the District Attorney’s office, the Monroe County Sherriff’s office, Yates County Sherriff’s office and the NY State Troopers; without the combined efforts of all involved we would not have been able to reach some justice for Craig Rideout. Also to all media, thank you again, the respect and support this past year has been greatly appreciated.

"Craig Rideout was great man, a son, a brother, a cousin, an uncle, a great-uncle, a mentor and friend to many. He will be missed by all who loved him."

Tuesday, July 25

It's took more than four days of deliberations, but the jury has rendered its verdict in the murder trial of Craig Rideout.

The jury found Craig's estranged wife Laura Rideout guilty of second degree murder, tampering with evidence and burglary. Craig's son Colin Rideout, was found guilty or second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Alex Rideout, also Craig's son, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of tampering with evidence. Paul Tucci, Laura's boyfriend, was found not guilty of both murder and tampering with evidence.

Jurors began deliberating July 19. There was testimony from more than 50 witnesses and more than 600 pieces of evidence for jurors to consider.

Sentencing will be September 1 at 1:30 p.m. for Alex, Colin and Laura Rideout. All three were taken away in cuffs.

Tucci is cleared of all charges. While commending the jury, prosecutor Tim Prosperi said the case was solid, but not able to place Tucci in the basement of Craig Rideout's townhouse in Penfield.

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