BANGOR – A new defense attorney for a Brockton, Massachusetts man serving three life sentences for the murder of three Mainers and arson back in 2012 has begun the process to request a new trial.
“This is a post-conviction review proceeding of the Sexton and Randall Daluz trial,” said Pete Cyr, an attorney now representing Daluz. “It was a pretty significant trial a few years back.”
“The whole idea is to look back at this trial to investigate the workings of Randall’s defense attorneys [and] the rulings of the court, to determine whether there was anything unconstitutional that went on that would cause the court to rethink things and offer Randall a new trial,” Cyr added.
Daluz’s conviction stems from the drug-related shooting in August of 2012.
Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, Daniel Borders, 26, of Hermon, and Lucas Tuscano, 28, of Bradford were all shot to death. Daluz also torched the car they were in in an effort to cover up the crimes.
Daluz and Nicholas Sexton were tried and convicted together in 2014 after a month-long trial. Daluz, who was represented by Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, now says he should have gotten a separate trial.
“In particular, we’re dealing with discovery today,” Cyr said. “Because we’ve made a few allegations of ineffective assistance of counsel, the state has asked us to provide trial council’s complete files.”
“We were unwilling to do that, however, we’ve worked out an agreement where there is going to be some caveats whereby we can, to some extent, preserve Randall’s privilege that he had with his trial counsel, but at the same time get the state the files that they need,” he added.
Another caveat is that, “myself and Randall will be present when the state interviews trial council,” Cyr said.
There is no scheduled date for the next hearing but Cyr said it will be several months down the road.