Six weeks ago 45 year old Robert Rennie was murdered and Three Keeseville men are now in custody facing chrages of Second degree murder and Manslaughter. The three men were alegedly involved in a gang assault which left Robert Rennie Dead and according to State Police this assault was pre-meditated. 39 year old Paul Taylor is charged with 2nd degree murder and the other two, 19 year old Scott Denno, and 36 year old Michael Rivers are charged with manslaughter. Rennie was apparently sought out in the middle of the night in a parking are on Mill Hill in Keeseville in August and severly beaten and bruised by his assailants. Rennie, according to the investigation, made it approximately a quarter of a mile towards his home from Mill Hill but he died as a result of his injuries attempting to cross a foot bridge over the AuSable River. On of the assailants, Paul Taylor, has a previous manslaughter charge for beating a man to death in Port Henry and spent 13 years in jail before being released in 2010. Taylor is being held without bail. The other two, Scott Denno and Michael Rivers are in custody on $250,000 cash bail.
Rennie lived on Liberty Street in Keeseville. He was Murdered Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Keeseville. He was born in Plattsburgh, April 14, 1967, and graduated from AuSable Valley Central School in June, 1986. Robert worked as a carpenter and roofer with various construction companies since graduation and also owned and operated Rennie Construction and also worked for Security Concepts. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with his two daughters, spending time with family and friends and his two best friends, Pete Laundry and Dave King both of Keeseville. He is survived by two daughters, Morgan and Mackenzie Rennie, his father, Robert J. Rennie and wife Karen of Fern Lake, his mother, Vaida Rennie of Peru, and his brothers, Michael R. Rennie and companion Christine of Peru and Michael Rennie and Stephanie of Peru. He had three sisters, Lori Rennie of Morrisonville, Sheila Brown and husband Glen of Keeseville, and Julie Cookingham and husband Walter of Plattsburgh, and aunt and uncle, Barbara and Arthur Pratt of Witherbee. He was predeceased by his uncle, Clarence Fay; and his long time companion, Michelle Blaise, November 15, 2008. His Funeral was handled by the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru.