Botello pleads not guilty to attempted murder of trooper

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2013 at 12:00 am


ALBION – A Kendall resident accused of attempted murder of a state trooper pleaded not guilty to the crime when he was arraigned in Orleans County Court today by Judge James Punch.

Carlos J. Botello, 42, was charged with second-degree attempted murder of a state trooper following a traffic stop on Sept. 3. Botello was stopped by Trooper Dan Metz. Botello allegedly attempted to back over the trooper. Metz avoided being struck, but Borello smashed into a state police vehicle.

Botello then fled the scene by vehicle. Metz pursued the suspect until Botello entered into a farmer’s field and became disabled, police reported.

Punch said Botello’s bail would continue to be set at $2.5 million. Punch raised the bail from $250,000 to $2.5 million last month.

Punch today assigned Nathan Pace from the Public Defender’s Office to represent Botello, whose next scheduled court date will be 3 p.m. on Oct. 21.

Botello has allegedly twice attempted to harm law enforcement officers. The previous incident occurred in 1994 when Botello fired six rounds into the home of a deputy who lived in Kendall.