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Perjury case against Ballowe’s friend separated from manslaughter prosecution

A State Supreme Court justice has granted a defense request to have the perjury case against Lynn Laettner heard separately from that of her friend Gabriele Ballowe.

Laettner is accused of giving false information before a grand jury in 2014, when it was looking into the hit-and-run death of Barry Moss on Dec. 22, 2013. That panel eventually voted not to charge Ballowe.

A second grand jury, convened in 2016, did vote to indict Ballowe and also brought perjury charges against Laettner. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Laettner “acted in collusion with others to cover up Ms. Ballowe’s actions. (Ballowe) told Ms. Laettner that she knew she had hit something. In the grand jury, Ms. Laettner denied Gabriele Ballowe made that statement.”

The perjury charge against Laettner pertains only to her actions before the 2014 grand jury. It is a Class D felony.

The charges against Ballowe are all connected to events the night Moss was killed. She is charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees, and leaving the scene of an injury accident in the first and second degree.

Justice Christopher J. Burns granted the severance motion Tuesday and ordered all parties to be back in court Oct. 17 for further hearings.


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