Monsters Among Us: Dennis J. Mitchell stabbed Marie Odette Huckins to death, sentenced to 20-years to life in prison

On December 1, 1979, at approximately 10:00 P.M., defendant, using a friend’s car, left a bar in St. Regis Falls, New York, in the company of Marie Odette Huckins. At about 1:00 A.M. the following morning, defendant returned to the bar, covered with blood, screaming and crying that he had killed a woman. Although his friend and other patrons helped clean him up and alerted the State Police, they were unable to calm defendant who went to the nearby residence of a relative. From there he telephoned his mother telling her also what he had done. When the State trooper arrived and came into defendant’s presence, defendant immediately stated: “I’m Dennis Mitchell. I’m the one that killed the woman. She tried to roll me and I took a knife and started stabbing her.” When asked if the woman was dead, defendant replied that he had stabbed her at least 15 times. In response to further questioning he led the police to the scene and later to the area where he had discarded his knife. Defendant’s assigned counsel made no pretrial motions for discovery or suppression. Notice was furnished of defendant’s intention to rely upon the defense of mental disease or defect. However, during the third day of this non-jury trial, defendant informed his attorney that his oft-repeated story was fabricated, that a man he did not know and could not describe, other than very generally, had murdered Huckins, and that defendant dared not reveal this earlier for fear of reprisals against his wife and child. After his request for a continuance to investigate this version of the events was quite properly denied (see People v Messina, 73 A.D.2d 899), defendant’s counsel proceeded with his case as planned, using medical experts and testimony of defendant’s family in an attempt to prove the affirmative defense of extreme emotional disturbance. Defendant himself was not called to the stand. The court found defendant guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced him to an indeterminate term of 20 years to life imprisonment.

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INMATE INFORMATION

PAROLE INFORMATION

PRISON INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 11/14/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 80B0843
Inmate Name MITCHELL, DENNIS J
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 10/03/1960
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status RELEASED
Housing / Releasing Facility BARE HILL
Date Received (Original) 05/21/1980
Date Received (Current) 07/26/2012
Admission Type
County of Commitment ST. LAWRENCE
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only) 02/07/19 PAROLE DIV OF PAROLE

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 11/14/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date 01/2013
Parole Hearing Type PAROLE VIOLATOR ASSESSED EXPIRATION
Parole Eligibility Date 11/28/1999
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date<

3 Responses

  1. The link on Marie Huckins’ My Life of Crime page to her Find a Grave memorial doesn’t work. The current link to her memorial page on the new Find a Grave new website is:
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/109088779/marie-odette-huckins

    Find a Grave is in the process of switching to the new website, and there are some software coding changes. Note the hyphens between her first, middle, and last names that I show in this message. The coding in the link on her My Life of Crime page doesn’t have these hyphens, and you will get an error message if you follow that link.

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  2. Mitchell is back in prison as of 3/20/2018 on a parole violation.

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  3. What was the name of the bar he was at? My great aunt owned a restaurant/bar in St. Redis Falls back in the 60’s-70’s.

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