Murdered Actress Adrienne Shelly's Widower Wins Court Battle Over Documents

By Ben Fractenberg on August 20, 2010 8:52am 

Late actress Adrienne Shelly's husband won a court battle to get the minutes of her murder trial released.
Late actress Adrienne Shelly's husband won a court battle to get the minutes of her murder trial released.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A judge ordered the Manhattan district attorney to hand over grand-jury proceeding minutes to the widower of slain actress and “Waitress” writer Adrienne Shelly, the New York Post reported Friday.

Andrew Ostroy found his wife hanging from a shower rod by a sheet tied around her neck in the bathroom of her Greenwich Village office in 2006. Her death was at first ruled a suicide but investigators became suspicious of construction worker, Diego Pillco, who had been working in an apartment below her office at the time of her death.

He was eventually pleaded guilty to her murder and is serving 25 years to life.

Ostroy filed a civil suit against the contractor who hired Pilco and the building’s management company and owners. Both sides in the case asked for the minutes of the trial, which the District Attorney’s office argued should remain secret to protect the identity of witnesses, The Post reported.

But State Supreme Court Justice Louis York disagreed and in an unusual move allowed the minutes to be handed over after saying there were no civilian witnesses in the case.


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