Michael Vavonese

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An Onondaga County Court judge has ruled that statements made to police by a father accused of murdering his baby daughter can be used at his trial. Ryan Lawrence was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping of his 21-month-old daughter Maddox in March. While in custody, Lawrence allegedly described to police how he killed his daughter and brought police to the location of her body.

Michael Vavonese, Lawrence’s attorney, said the issue will be Lawrence's mental state.

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A judge denied a defense motion to reduce the charges and change the trial venue for Ryan Lawrence, the Syracuse man charged with the murder and kidnapping of his 21-month-old daughter, Maddox. The defense is taking one motion to an appellate court.

Ryan Lawrence’s defense attorney, Michael Vavonese, said it is their position that the allegations against Lawrence, should not include the first degree murder and first degree kidnapping charges.

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Ryan Lawrence, the Syracuse man accused of murdering his 21-month-old daughter Maddox Lawrence last month, was denied bail at his arraignment Wednesday after being indicted on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges.