Monday: Intschert Takes First Step In Hallett Case

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Jefferson County district attorney Cindy Intschert is taking the first step in what could ultimately lead to the prosecution of a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy.

Intschert said Monday that she will seek a ruling from Jefferson County court judge Kim Martusewicz as to whether there's a conflict of interest that would prevent her office from pursuing a case against Deputy Adam Hallett.

Intschert said she is filing the request with Jefferson County court this week.

She said that just because she is taking this step, there is no guarantee that a case against Hallett will move forward. Intschert said any effort by her office would involve reviewing the way the sheriff's department handled the case.

Should Martusewicz determine there is a conflict, Intschert said, it could mean a special prosecutor would be called upon to handle the matter.

Hallet was found in his county vehicle last December 1, parked on the side of county route 72 in the Town of Henderson.

He was slumped over the wheel and at first appeared to be unconscious, according to a woman who reported the matter to 9-1-1.

The sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene dismissed an ambulance and state police unit, ands threw an open bottle of liquor found in the vehicle into a field, according to internal county reports.

Hallett was described as acting "somewhat intoxicated," but he was never tested for alcohol.  Sheriff John Burns subsequently suspended Hallett without pay for a time, but the incident - along with others in the department - produced calls for an outside investigation.

Read more about the Hallett case, and the reports of what happened, here.

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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