A Holland Patent woman accused of running over and killing a teenager with her vehicle is taking her case to trial.

A Holland Patent woman accused of running over and killing a teenager with her vehicle is taking her case to trial. 

Sarah Buswell, 24, was indicted in July on charges of first-degree manslaughter and unlawful possession of marijuana. She appeared in Oneida County Court on Wednesday with her public defender Leland McCormac. 

McCormac informed the court on her behalf that she wanted to decline a plea offer extended by the District Attorney's Office, something Judge Michael Dwyer asked her to confirm.

"Is this what you want to do Ms. Buswell?" Dwyer asked. "Do you want to turn this offer down and take this matter to trial?"

"For now," Buswell replied.

Buswell is accused of chasing after 18-year-old Ammar Williams of Utica in a vehicle as he was running last December. Police say she chased him into a rear yard on Walker Street and drove over a fence that the victim was climbing, causing her vehicle to land on top of him, killing him.

A member of Williams' family audibly scoffed when Buswell turned down the offer Wednesday. Some family members began cursing when Buswell left the courtroom and were told by their relatives to be quiet.

After the court proceeding, Assistant District Attorney Stacey Paolozzi said she could not release the particulars of the plea offer. 

Buswell will return to court at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 for a Huntley Hearing to examine the admissibility of statements Buswell allegedly made to law enforcement. 

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