Murder suspect appears in court

EPHRATAH – The man accused of murdering his mother at her home made a brief appearance in Town Court on Thursday in the process of moving the case along to Fulton County Court.

James F. Dibble, 29, was charged by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department with second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Gwenda L. Lisman, 57, who was found July 1 by a neighbor at her home at 227 Mud Road, authorities said.

Authorities said Dibble shot his mother in the head with a rifle she had borrowed from a neighbor to deal with a rodent problem in her garden.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said Dibble’s case will go to a grand jury. Dibble could face more charges, authorities said.

Dibble was previously assigned new counsel – attorney Robert Abdella of Gloversville.

Town Justice Joseph Dickenson Sr. said this morning the case is headed for Fulton County Court after it was handed up, and Dibble was sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility without bail pending further court action in County Court on Thursday.

District Attorney Louise Sira was unavailable for comment on the next steps in the felony case.