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April 25, 2014

Talks ensue as third trial nears for NT man accused of murder

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Niagara Gazette — “There’s important cases going on upstairs as well,” he added, in reference to a larger courtroom occupied by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.  

Brandt, the assistant district attorney, said many witnesses who testified in past trials have either died or are unavailable for testimony for Drake’s third trial, including an officer who responded in 1981 to the site of the alleged River Road murders, as well as “a friend of Robie Drake” and the victim’s parents. That scenario that will likely lead to arguments over the admissibility of past testimony. 

Both sides of the legal aisle are due back in court June 12 for a ruling on the motions. 

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