LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Both people suspected in the grisly murder and burning of their roomate, Patrice Miller, have had bail set by a Livingston County Judge but remain in jail.
Aykut Ozkaynak, 35, and Mary Neverett, 42, are both held on $500,000 cash or $750,000 bond for felony Murder in the Second Degree. They are also charged with felony Tampering with Physical Evidence.
The boyfriend and girlfriend were arrested at a Motel Six on July 7 in Monroe County near the Gates apartment they shared with the deceased. They are accused of killing Patrice Miller and setting her body on fire on Lacey Road in Caledonia.
Both are presumed innocent.
Both were arraigned on July 7 on the charges in Caledonia, where no bail was set. They appeared in County Court to make bail applications.
Neither Ozkaynak’s nor Neverett’s cases have yet proceeded to Livingston County Court by indictment by Grand Jury or consensual Superior Court Information.
Both have appointed attorneys. Neverett is represented by Chief Livingston County Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore and Ozkaynak is represented by Jeannie Michalski with Genesee Valley Legal Aid, a conflict defense office. As Neverett and Ozykaynak are codefendants, both of them being represented by the same public defender’s office could become a conflict of interests.