LOGAN — Andrew Lesky, who is charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping, appeared in 1st District Court Friday, claiming his rights to a fair trial are being violated. The 44-year-old former Idaho man has been in jail since being arrested and charged in October 2014 with allegedly threatening a couple with a gun.
Lesky’s newly assigned public defender, Chad Hutchings said his client had filed the writs of habeas corpus to argue he was being treated unfairly by deputies and should be transferred to a different jail. He also requested the county attorney’s office be removed as prosecutors in the case, claiming they had illegally intercepted private letters between the defendant and his then attorney, Shannon Demler.
During the hearing, Demler testified that he didn’t think he had received all of the mail Lesky had sent to him from jail. He told the court of a conversation he had with county attorney, Spencer Walsh, in May 2015. During that exchange, Walsh disclosed to him that investigators had mail which should have been private under the attorney-client privilege. Demler said, Walsh had told the investigators to destroy the mail, after he had learned about it.
Demler told of another experience when jail deputies gave him a packet of mail that included a letter Lesky had written to him with a list of witnesses that should be subpoenaed for his trial.
Earlier in the day, Deputy Jennifer Moser testified about Lesky’s treatment at the jail, saying he had to be closely monitored for breaking rules. She described how during the past 14-months he has been moved between medium and maximum security for threatening jail staff, destroying jail property, refusing to follow orders and other violations.
Logan City Police detective Robert Olsen told the court he was reviewing some of Lesky’s mail after they learned of a postcard the defendant sent from the jail. The card had asked a friend to dispose of some stolen items that were at a mobile home trailer in Franklin, Idaho.
An inmate who has been incarcerated at the same time, testified how Lesky offered him $1000 to lie and give a false statement to back up his defense.
Lesky was arrested after reportedly trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment. It is also alleged he threatened her and another man with a handgun and a knife. He faces a total of 10 felonies and 17 misdemeanors.
The hearing will continue January 15 when Lesky is expected to take the stand in his defense.
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