Pages of demands by defense attorney in Schoharie limo crash released

April 26, 2019 06:15 PM

The defense in the Schoharie limo crash investigation has filed a demand for discovery in the case against Naumann Hussain, the limo operator involved in the deadly crash last October.

On Wednesday, NewsChannel 13 was the first to report how court filings from the district attorney said Hussain represented himself as his father, the owner of Prestige Limo, several times when communicating with officials regarding the inspection and safety of the limo - that would ultimately be involved in the crash.

The paperwork was filed with the Schoharie County Court clerk's office Thursday.

Twenty people died in the stretch limousine crash October 6.

The defense is requesting District Attorney Susan Mallery fork over her collection of investigative materials in the case.  This would allow the defense to look at any statements made by Nauman Hussain, and "a co-defendant to be tried jointly..."

It also requests copies of any eavesdropping warrant -- and a copy of a DCJS and FBI report.

Nauman Hussain, the business operator of Prestige Limousine, pleaded not guilty to a 40 count criminal indictment handed up by a grand jury earlier this month.

So far, no additional arrests have been made. Hussain's father, Shahed, is the owner of Prestige Limo and at last check is out of the country.

On Wednesday, NewsChannel 13 was first to report documents filed by the district attorney that indicate Nauman Hussain presented himself as his father to inspectors on several occasions prior to the crash, when issues starting popping up with the stretch limo involved in the crash.

Learn more about what's in the document by watching the video of Jill Konopka's story.


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