Evidence to be offered in the trial of a woman accused of killing, then entombing a retarded man includes statements she made to her ex-boyfriend, who was wearing a recording device at the time.
Niagara County Judge Aldo L. DiFlorio ruled Monday that the statements Elaine LaDolce, 47, made to Paul Garland Jr., whom she initially accused of killing Chester R. Stawiasz, 36, will be admissible in her jury trial, scheduled to begin April 22.
District Attorney Peter L. Broderick said Monday night the conversation occurred in mid-May, before Ms. LaDolce was arrested. He said Garland, 40, had been charged with second-degree murder and was acting as an agent for police.
DiFlorio also ruled the statements to police will be admissible as evidence.
The body of Stawiasz, a retarded man who had been living with the couple in North Tonawanda, was found buried beneath concrete in the basement of their house on Geneva Street, after Ms. LaDolce