Dennis Drue's trial will include statements to police
Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III scored an early victory on Tuesday morning in the county's case against Dennis Drue, who allegedly caused the accident last year on the Northway that killed two Shenendehowa high school seniors.
The trial judge ruled that statements Drue made to state police on the night of his arrest will be allowed in court.
"I am pleased with the Judge's decision which is based on the facts and the constitution," Murphy said in a news release. "He found that the New York State Police properly "Mirandized" the defendant, and that his statements were voluntarily."
The entire ruling from Judge Scarano is available below.
Murphy added that the ruling also found that Drue understood his rights.
"Further, the judge concluded that the statements that fell outside of Miranda were spontaneous, not in response to questions by law enforcement, were without provocation or inducement and therefore will be allowed to be heard by a jury," he said. "We believe allowing the trial jury to hear the evidence that Judge Scarano has ruled upon is only appropriate and serves the interests of justice."
In his August court appearance, Drue disputed accounts from the evening of the crash that were provided by state police officers.
Read a story on Scarano's decision HERE.
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