More legal disputes surface in murder case

2014-03-10T12:33:00Z 2014-03-10T21:00:57Z More legal disputes surface in murder caseBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 12:33 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek will argue Tuesday that one defense attorney in a murder case has no right to question another about conversations that second attorney had with his client, who is also charged in the case.

Polarek argues in the written motion that the conversations attorney Larry Rogers had with client Julius Garza and prosecutors are privileged and thus should be off limits to attorney Mitch Peters.

She accused Peters of "engaging in an inappropriate fishing expedition that has no basis in the law."

Polarek said Peters also is attempting an end run around matters already pending in the case.

The deposition with Rogers is scheduled for March 13.

The legal dispute will be hashed out at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday before Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.

Peters represents Alejandro Sanchez, who along with Garza, both of Hammond, are charged with the April 7, 2012, shooting deaths of Jeffery Trinka, 40, of Valparaiso, and Jennifer Guinn, 31, of Hammond, at a house in the 1500 block of Lincolnway in Center Township.

Peters faced off in court last week with Polarek in an ongoing attempt to see the notes taken by investigators while they were talking to his client, but before they turned on the recording equipment to take a formal statement.

The request was opposed by Polarek, who argued Sanchez was considered a witness during the interview time in question.

Harper called on both attorneys to submit legal citations backing up their arguments.

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