Connecticut elections official charged with homicide for allegedly capturing tenant who stopped paying hire
An elections official in Connecticut is charged with homicide after allegedly capturing her tenant useless.
Ellen Wink, a 61-year-old Republican deputy registrar of voters in Norwalk, Conn., was being held Friday on a $1 million bond following the lethal capturing in a house she owns on Nelson Avenue. The sufferer, recognized as 54-year-old Kurt Lametta, was renting the house the place the capturing befell, and Wink, who reportedly was his landlord, lived in the home subsequent door on the identical road.
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Norwalk police mentioned patrol officers responded to a 911 at 11:52 a.m. a couple of “disturbance” involving the 2 inside the house and located Lametta “had sustained a number of gunshot wounds.” The person was pronounced useless on the scene by Norwalk Hospital Emergency Medical Service. Patrol officers situated Wink on the scene and instantly detained her, in keeping with a press launch from the division.
Detectives positioned Wink beneath arrest by 1 p.m. Thursday and charged her with homicide, although the investigation stays ongoing. Choose John Blawie saved bond at $1 million throughout an arraignment listening to in State Superior Courtroom in Stamford on Friday. Wink’s protection lawyer, Kevin Black, had requested for it to be lowered to $200,000, arguing the capturing was an remoted incident. Whereas, Assistant State’s Lawyer Michelle Manning requested bond be bumped to $2 million, claiming Wink is a “hazard to society.”
Wink’s subsequent courtroom date is scheduled for March 16. Along with serving as deputy registrar, she beforehand served as Norwalk metropolis clerk from 2009 to 2011 and unsuccessfully ran in 2020 for state consultant for the 137th District, dropping to Democratic incumbent Chris Perone.
Native experiences say Lametta, whose nickname was “Puff,” labored in building, and he was remembered by one longtime household good friend as a “light big.”
The Hour of Norwalk reported that information present Wink was arrested in September over one other incident involving a tenant, solely recognized on the time as a 54-year-old. The tenant instructed officers he had been residing on the dwelling for a 12 months when he got here again one Saturday to search out Wink locked him out and threw away his garments, jewellery, money and different belongings, in keeping with Norwalk police Sgt. Sofia Gulino.
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Information say Wink didn’t dispute the tenant’s account and nonetheless denied him entry. After ignoring requests and warnings from officers to unlock the door, Wink was arrested and charged with legal lockout, first-degree legal mischief and fourth-degree larceny. That case was nonetheless pending.
“Wink and the sufferer on this case had quite a few interactions over the course of a month,” Manning mentioned Friday. “She then very clearly confirmed her anger in the direction of the sufferer. That anger escalated to the purpose the place she shot him in his dwelling — she introduced the gun to that home and shot him yesterday. That, within the state’s view, exhibits that she is a really harmful one who lets her anger information her finger.”
The connection between the owner and the tenant first started to deteriorate in September 2020 when Lametta allegedly stopped paying hire, and Wink needed to promote the house, police experiences point out.
In a dialog with the 911 dispatcher following the capturing, Wink allegedly mentioned she had gone to Lametta’s house to do some cleansing when he instantly “got here” at her. She additionally expressed she was “so uninterested in this man” and that “she had saved telling him to get out and had sufficient,” a police report says.
Regardless of the homicide cost, Wink was not instantly eliminated as deputy registrar of voters.
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“We have to wait and see because the investigation unfolds and extra info involves gentle earlier than we make any motion,” Republican City Committee Chair Fred Wilm instructed The Hour. “Ellen has been actively engaged in Norwalk, a longstanding member of the neighborhood in so many alternative capacities. This story may be very stunning. In fact, our ideas exit to the sufferer’s household. My ideas exit to Ellen and her household.”