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Defendant In Slashing Death Expected To Plead Guilty

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The lawyer for a former New Haven mechanic whose murder conviction in the slashing death of a Stamford woman was overturned by the state Supreme Court says his client will likely plead guilty to the murder.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that attorney Francis O’Reilly said if a plea agreement goes forward, Harry Gonzalez will plead guilty to murder in the death of Joanne Trautwein.

He was convicted in 2007 of felony murder, robbery and kidnapping in the death of the 75-year-old former Greenwich teacher and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

The Supreme Court ruled last year that a statement by Gonzalez should not have been admitted into evidence because he had not been read his rights.

The 45-year-old Gonzalez is serving a 25-year sentence for killing his New Haven roommate
Information from: The Advocate,

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