posted on August 09, 2011 12:55
Patricia Hardesty has one last chance to accept a plea deal, before she goes to trial for allegedly shooting her husband.
The 52-year-old Hardesty is accused of firing a rifle into her husband’s knee over a year ago on the deck of their Darien home, after the two had had a weekend-long argument. State Police arrested Hardesty and charged her with Felony Assault and Criminal Use of a Firearm. She has since maintained her innocence in the case, insisting that she and her husband were not fighting that weekend.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Zickl confirmed this morning that Hardesty's attorney, Mehmet Okay, has turned down several plea offers tendered by the prosecution. He could not comment on the details of those plea offers.
Judge Robert Noonan this morning set Hardesty’s plea cut-off date at September 22nd. If she does not accept a plea deal by then, her case goes to jury trial in November.
Also this morning, Assistant D.A. Zickl confirmed to WBTA that statements Hardesty made to police on the night of the alleged shooting, can be used against her at trial.
Hardesty underwent a Huntley Hearing in June, arguing that her statements to police that night were invalid. She said she couldn’t read the typed statements that Investigator Kenneth Dubrinski had her sign, because she had the wrong glasses with her.
Judge Robert Noonan later ruled that Hardesty’s statements are admissible at trial.