One of the three men charged in connection with a triple homicide in Greece in March 2010 appeared in court Friday morning.
The stateside murder charges against Richard Anderson are moving forward. Friday, Judge Castro ruled that statements Anderson made to police will be admissible at trial.
Anderson is one of three Jamaican drug dealers arrested and charged in connection with a nationwide narcotics trafficking conspiracy and the March 2010 triple murder of Robert Moncriffe, Mark Wisdom, and Christopher Green.
It happened in the Holyoke Apartment Complex in Greece.
Anderson is the only suspect that faces murder charges stateside, but he and his alleged co-conspirators, Andrew Wright and Aston Johnson all face federal murder charges which may qualify for the death penalty.
Because different states apply different laws to legal procedures like executing arrest warrants, attorneys say ensuring Anderson constitutional rights are protected has proven to be a challenge.
"Its an unusual case in that part of the investigation lead investigators into other states so in that situation its a situation where the court has to decided which state's laws to apply and that's part of the complications," said Monroe County ADA Timothy Prosperi.
"It's made it very interesting, this has been a very complex case, I expect the complexities will continue. But I’m very impressed with the process so far. The judge has put a lot of work and a lot of effort into making sure he pays really careful attention to the important issue," said Defense Attorney Julie Cianca.
The defense argues that because the murders happened in New York, New York law should apply.
The next hearing to continue arguing both sides is scheduled July 28. A trial date has not yet been set.