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North Country murder suspect sent back to jail

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CANTON, N.Y. -

It's a sight Roxanne Stratton has wanted to see for months-- Dustin Trimm back in police custody.

"I know what he is capable of," she said. "He's very controlling, he knows what he wants and he'll do anything to the extent to get it. And my son is proof of it-- he's dead."

Trimm, 37, is charged with killing Stratton's son, Jason Wing, 21, of Fort Covington, two years ago and burying the body. Trimm thought his friend Wing may have stolen money from him.

Trimm was arrested in February when investigators found Wing's body. But despite pleas from the county prosecutor and the family of Jason Wing, the judge set bail at $250,000. Trimm's parents paid it and he's been free since April.

"There are certainly people out there that are concerned for their safety," St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve said.

Trimm is a registered sex offender and has a lengthy criminal history, including a conviction for sodomizing a 15-year-old boy. Just last week he picked up a new charge for allegedly offering a 16-year-old boy $50 for sex. And in another case, he allegedly provided a minor with alcohol.

"And he'll never stop, never stop. Proof in point-- a 16-year-old. He's ruined another child's life," Stratton said.

Prosecutors immediately asked the judge to revoke bail in the case. But Trimm's lawyer argued against it in court saying, "It looks like a setup by the state police to get him back in jail... Dustin repeatedly told the kid to leave the house... Give Trimm a chance to prove to the court he is not the type of person he has been portrayed as."

But the judge ordered Trimm back to jail without bail until trial.

"Under the circumstances that currently exist that was the appropriate decision," Duve said.

After the court hearing, Trimm's lawyer declined to speak to the media to discuss the alleged police setup. The county prosecutor also declined comment about the allegations.

"And now his parents will know how we feel without our son. But they can go visit him," Stratton said. "We can't do that. We have a grave. That's all we have left is a grave."

"I was scared to go anywhere. Now, I can actually leave my house and not have to look twice or constantly behind my shoulder," said Tiffany Barrick, Wing's girlfriend.

A family hoping Dustin Trimm will be convicted and spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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