Utica (WSYR-TV) – The father of a Utica infant who was found dead in the Mohawk River pleaded not guilty to additional unrelated charges on Tuesday.
Already jailed on unrelated burglary charges, Jevon Wameling was arraigned on Monday on three counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree on Monday. He appeared in Utica City court without counsel.
On Tuesday he entered a not guilty plea and waived his right to a felony hearing.
He is being represented by Michele DeTraglia, who is also defending him in the burglary case.
Police say they learned on a wiretap that Wameling was arranging drug deals while they searched for his missing son.
They claim he was setting up deals to sell heroin and/or crack cocaine. Two others have been named in the new case: Courtney L. Blackshear and Ashley R. LaComb. Neither of them have been formally charged.
His bail was set at $24,000 – $8,000 for each count. His total bail is $34,000 including the burglary charge.
An Assistant District Attorney would not say whether information obtained from the wiretap led to the location of Levon Wameling's remains.
Wameling has not been charged in connection to the disappearance and death of his son, Levon Wameling.
The older man reported his son missing in June, telling police he had not seen the infant in two weeks.
When they sent dive teams into the Mohawk River, police were acting on a tip from State Police shortly after they arrested Jevon Wameling on burglary charges connected to a string of alleged incidents in the village of Oriskany.
The dive teams found remains in the river that they confirmed on Saturday were those of the infant boy.