Man accused of killing mother headed to trial in March

GLOVERSVILLE – The man accused in July of shooting and killing his mother at her Ephratah home will go to trial in March in Fulton County Court on murder and other charges.

James F. Dibble, 29, was previously arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies; and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor. He was indicted by a county grand jury on the charges on Sept. 19.

District Attorney Louise Sira said Dibble will make a brief appearance at a conference on Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and the trial will begin with jury selection on March 31 at 9 a.m.

He will stand trial before Fulton County Judge Polly A. Hoye.

Sira said she expects the jury selection could take a few days and the trial to take at least two weeks given the amount of testimony from witnesses and evidence connected to the crime.

Sira said she can’t comment on any negotiations that may have taken place with the defense.

Police arrested Dibble July 2 in the death of his mother, Gwenda L. Lisman, 58, who was found July 1 at 11:19 a.m. by a neighbor at Lisman’s home at 227 Mud Road, authorities said.

He was previously arraigned in October before Fulton County Judge Richard C. Giardino. Dibble pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Dibble was represented by Gloversville attorney Robert Abdella. Abdella couldn’t be reached for comment.

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

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey previously said Dibble and his mother may have been arguing over money and had a “tumultuous relationship.”

If convicted of second-degree murder, Dibble could face 25 years to life in prison, Sira said.

Sira said her office believes the motive of Dibble was clear based on his indictment by a grand jury. She said they believe he was prompted to kill his mother for financial and material gain.

The criminal-possession charges stem from Dibble being in possession of stolen property consisting of jewelry belonging to Lisman and NASCAR collectibles belonging to Jeffrey Snell, according to the district attorney’s office.

Dibble is accused of pawning the items for his own benefit, according to the district attorney’s office. According to the indictment, each of the items exceeded $1,000 in value.

Sira said a .22-caliber rifle was used to shoot the woman. Authorities found a rifle of the same caliber at the scene, and it is believed to be the murder weapon, officials said.