BANGOR – An accused murderer in town asked a judge on Friday to suppress statements made by his former girlfriend that link him to the death.
In a video interview played at the hearing, police detectives asked: Did you ever have an altercation with Israel Lewis?
“Yes,” was the response given by F. “Frank” Daly, of Bangor, who is accused of shooting Israel “Izzy” Lewis, 51, on Jan. 7, 2018 in Lewis’ apartment at 40 Second St.
Daly’s attorneys asked that evidence from his girlfriend at the time be suppressed and they asked Justice Ann Murray to consider if Daly evoked his right to council during his interview with police.
That interview, which ended with his arrest, was played in its entirety at the hearing.
“Do you all feel I need a lawyer right now?,” Daly asked the detectives.
“Totally up to you,” one of the two detectives responds.
After the video was played, the defense questioned a detective about statements made by Daly’s former girlfriend who told officers the gun used could be found hidden in the ceiling of his apartment.
“She tells them the number of shots — that’s consistent. She tells him the type of gun that he carries — that’s consistent,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue.
The statements from Daly’s ex were used to get a second search warrant for Daly’s apartment where a 9mm pistol was located with two bullets missing from its clip. Two 9mm shells were found near Lewis’ body, it was announced at the hearing.
“I am satisfied that the issuance of the search warrant was supported by strong probable cause,” Murray said.
“She did provide specific information and her information was corroborated,” the judge added later.
Murray also ruled that Daly did not actually ask for an attorney in the video interview with detectives.
“The judge ruled that the evidence that the defense wanted suppressed is not going to be suppressed,” said Kaylee Folster, attorney for Daly. “So now we just move on to trial. We’re disappointed with the ruling but we’re moving on to trial and hopefully we’ll get everything out there.”
Daly’s trial is set for mid-September.