By CARLA KOLBE
For The Recorder
EPHRATAH – James Dibble, 29, was taken into custody without incident after being located in Mayfield Monday afternoon. Dibble is accused of shooting and killing his mother Gwenda L. Lisman, 57, of 227 Mud Rd. Ephratah with a .22-caliber rifle. He is being charged with second degree murder.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey, a neighbor concerned Lisman, alerted authorities to the home Monday morning. EMT’s entered the home and found Lisman on the floor bleeding from the head, later learned to be a gun shot wound.
The scene was secured, and NYS investigators were called in to assist the sheriff’s department with the investigation. The scene was still under investigation Tuesday evening.
It was discovered that Lisman’s 1997 green Mercedes was missing. The sheriff’s department sent out an alert to be on the lookout for the vehicle, and it was located shortly afterward by a patrol in Mayfield.
Lorey said it was divulged Dibble and his mother had argued prior to the incident, and authorities found the home to be in disarray upon their arrival. It was also learned Dibble had fled the scene of his mothers home.
Lorey said Dibble was living with his mother at this the time. it is not yet known when Lisman was shot, but according to neighbors both Dibble and Lisman were seen at the residence over the weekend.
Seen leaving with his fishing pole over the weekend, Dibble was an avid fisherman who frequented the Great Sacandaga Lake and lived in Broadalbin at one time.
According to Lorey, Dibble has already spent time in the Fulton County Jail from previous charges stemming from charges he believes were from the Broadalbin court.
Dibble was arraigned at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning before County Judge Richard C. Giardino and sent to the Fulton County Jail without bail.
According to Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sire on Wednesday afternoon, a Felony Hearing previously scheduled for Friday, July 5, has been waived by Dibble and the case has been adjourned until Thursday, July 18 in the town of Ephratah Town Court.
Attorney Gerard McAuliffe no longer represents the defendant. He was assigned new counsel, Attorney Robert Abdella, of Gloversville. The matter remains under active investigation as authorities await laboratory testing of evidence seized.
Both Sheriff Lorey and D.A. Sira met with immediate family members and close friends of Lisman on Wednesday.
“They are obviously distraught by their loss” said Sira.