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Criminal indictment handed up against limo company operator in deadly Schoharie crash

April 05, 2019 09:55 PM

SCHOHARIE - Prestige Limo Operator Nauman Hussain is now facing a 40-count criminal indictment in connection to the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie last fall. Twenty people were killed in the accident, 

The indictment charges Prestige Limo's Business Operator Nauman Hussain with 20 new counts of manslaughter in the second degree for each of the victims. In addition, 19 more charges of criminally negligent homicide were added to the single count Hussain was already charged with early on in the investigation.

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The grand jury met Friday in Schoharie County, reviewing evidence in the deadly limousine crash -- before deciding whether a criminal indictment should be handed up in the case.

Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery walked into the courthouse Friday morning with two large boxes of documents. She did not have a comment for NewsChannel 13, as is expected. Grand jury proceedings by law, are top secret meetings that can't be discussed before any potential charges could come.

NewsChannel 13 was the first to report the grand jury proceedings in this particular case back on March 22, 2019. Nauman Hussain's defense attorney is Lee Kindlon.  He told NewsChannel 13 hours before the indictment was handed up, "

"Obviously we hope the grand jury decides and agrees with us that this was just a tragic accident and there was no criminal wrongdoing here. However, were also prepared for the grand jury to indict or formally charge my client with a serious of crimes and for us to be in court next week to answer and say not guilty." Kindlon stated. 

He also added, "We all agreed to say a prayer for the families and for ourselves and hope at least answers will be forthcoming, because I really think that is what everybody wants to know. Look, we've all been on grand jury watch over a number of different issues the last month or so and I think ultimately that's what people, and even reporting earlier this week from some of the victims' families they just want to know more, be involved more.  He's nervous. Sure again, there's constant discussion between us and he just wants everybody to know how truly sorry he and his family remain. You know, they very much have not moved on from what happens and again they expect when the truth comes out again will hopefully satisfy a lot of people."  

After the indictment was handed up, Kindlon told NewsChannel 13, "We have only seen reports in the press, but I can say that this is a flawed indictment, fundamentally at odds with itself. Mr. Hussain is not guilty of criminal wrongdoing and we will fight for him every step of the way." 

Hussain is expected to plead not guilty at his arraignment on Wednesday.


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