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Second man charged with assaulting Clarkson University lacrosse player pleads not guilty

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CANTON — The second St. Lawrence County man alleged to have bludgeoned a Clarkson University lacrosse player in August pleaded not guilty Friday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Bryan A. Bicknell, 20, of 342 West Parishville Road, Parishville, is being charged with second-degree criminal assault, a class D felony, in connection with the Aug. 24 assault of 21-year-old Donald J. W. Whelley.

It is alleged that Mr. Bicknell and Dakota J. Vallance, 18, of 399 Buckton Road, Winthrop, attacked Mr. Whelley at 1:52 a.m. on Maple Street in the village of Potsdam, leaving him in front of the former Honda dealership with “countless fractures and dislocating his face” after “striking him repeatedly about the head,” according to an indictment handed up by a St. Lawrence County grand jury Oct. 1.

Mr. Whelley required facial reconstructive surgery due to his injuries from the attack.

Mr. Vallance pleaded not guilty to the same charge on Tuesday.

Both men were released under probation supervision.

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