Apr 21, 2015 4:26 PM
Accused murderer Wolusky wants deposition, medical records of co-defendants
DOVER - An attorney for accused murderer Tristan Wolusky told a judge at Strafford County Superior Court Tuesday that he wants to interview his client's co-defendants prior to trial.
Mark Sisti, a principal partner at Sisti Law Offices, told Judge Steven Houran that in March of this year, state police and members of the Attorney General's office met with Michael Tatum of Barrington, so they could "clarify a problem."
Sisti said Tatum, who is planning to plead guilty on Friday to the stabbing death of 18-year-old Aaron Wilkinson of Madbury, told police that the murder plot was hatched around June 18, 2014. Sisti said Wolusky was out of the state at that time, and could not have participated in the planning.
Sisti also said Tatum described himself as an alcoholic who used drugs, causing memory problems. He argued he should be able to depose Tatum in order to find out what he plans to testify to during Wolusky's upcoming trial.
Zachary Pinette of Springvale, Maine, pleaded guilty to his involvement in Wilkinson's death earlier this month. He will be sentenced after Wolusky's trial. Sisti said he wants to know what the state is willing to offer Pinette in exchange for his testimony.
In addition to asking for the interviews, Sisti also requested records for Tatum's time in jail at the Strafford County House of Corrections. This included medical and behavioral records.
Sisti said Tatum assaulted another prisoner while being held behind bars and has admitted to taking medication while incarcerated.
Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said Tatum's behavior is not unusual, and he is taking medicine for "apparent drowsiness." Hinckley claimed Sisti was listening to "jail-house rumors" from Wolusky, who is also being held at the local House of Corrections.
Houran is expected to take these matters under advisement.
Also on Tuesday, Wolusky was arraigned on two charges of witness tampering and one charge of conspiracy to commit witness tampering in relation to his case. No bail was set, as he is already incarcerated.
Last week, Alexandria Wyant, of Rochester, was arraigned on a charge of conspiracy to commit witness tampering, after she apparently had contact with Wolusky. Wyant's boyfriend was surprised to hear of the charges against her at the time.
Wolusky, who allegedly called Wilkinson and asked to meet him outside his home in the middle of the night prior to the brutal killing, will be on trial in June for first-degree murder at Strafford County Superior Court.