I’ll be down at the courthouse this morning for a pretrial hearing for Daniel T. Tavares Jr., accused of fatally shooting a young Graham couple in their house in November.
During this hearing, Tavares’ attorney will argue that he should be allowed access to the phone while in Pierce County Jail.
Tavares is under a temporary court order that only allows him to call his attorney. The order was agreed upon last month after deputy prosecutor Jerry Costello requested Tavares’ access be restricted after learning Tavares had tried to contact his wife, who’s also charged in the Maucks’ deaths.
The attempt was in violation of a court order.
Sipe has said he mistakenly took Tavares’ copy of the order prohibiting the contact with him. “Tavares did not ‘knowingly or willfully’ violate the order,” Adam wrote in his last story.
I’ll update you when the hearing is done.
UPDATE: The hearing lasted nearly two hours.
It’s what it boils down to: Tavares cannot call or write to his wife, who is also a codefendant in the case.
He also cannot try to contact her or other potential witnesses through intermediaries.
He can get incoming mail. And he can call members of his defense team, which includes two attorneys, investigators and experts.
The ruling does have a little more to it – mostly technical how to’s – but that is the gist of it.