An evidence suppression hearing for the upcoming murder trial of Michael Northrup, 27, of Caledonia, opened Monday before County Judge Peter L. Broderick.
Monroe County Sheriff's Investigator Paul Siena testified Monday that Northrup told him he became enamoured of Annette Montstream, 40, of Brockport, and first became friends with her while helping her at a Rochester-area mall where she worked at a coffee shop and he was a maintenance employee. He told Siena that he thought she was unmarried, the
Montstream was indicted in November for murder, conspiracy, and weapons possession charges in connection with the June 23, 1998, shooting death of her husband, John F. Montstream, 37. His body was found in his minivan in a parking ramp at the Rainbow Centre Factory Outlet Mall in Niagara Falls.
Cross-examination of Siena by defense attorney John R. Parinello is scheduled. Northrup has been free on $250,000 bail since before Thanksgiving.
Assistant District Attorneys Timothy R. Lundquist and Ronald J. Winter, the chief prosecutors in the case, said at least three more prosecution witnesses are expected to testify at the Huntley hearing.