Attorneys argue motions in Saratoga Springs shootout case
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The off-duty Rutland County Sheriff’s Deputy from Glens Falls — charged with attempted murder in the Broadway shootout from last November — was back in court Friday afternoon.
Vito Caselnova’s attorney argued that prosecutors need to share more of the evidence and testimony they’ve gathered.
The district wanted a court order preventing Caselnova’s attorneys from sharing testimony. Judge Jim Murphy sided with the defense.
Murphy also granted the defense the right to inspect the minutes of the Grand Jury instructions in the case, after one of the grand jurors came forward last month with a letter saying they felt rushed to reach a decision.
The defense also wants to investigate the backgrounds of the three men from Utica who are the alleged victims in the case, and they want to subpoena police from the Utica area. The prosecution called it a fishing expedition.
Meanwhile in Saratoga Springs where the shooting happened, the city is pushing a new ordinance that would make it illegal to carry a gun while impaired. It would be treated as a violation.
The city council is expected to have a public hearing and vote on the ordinance on May 16. Caselnova will be back in court next week as the district attorney will have to tell the judge that they’re ready for trial.