MANCHESTER — Prosecutors and the lawyer for murder witness Jeremy Winslow conferred in hushed tones with a judge Tuesday, ending a hearing about access to evidence before it began.
Prosecutors and Winslow’s lawyer said they could not discuss what was said between them and Superior Court Judge Amy Messer. She placed her ruling and a motion from homicide prosecutors under seal.
“I think all parties found it to be a productive conference,” said Winslow’s lawyer, Mark Osborne, at Hillsborough County Superior Court.
Winslow was jailed days after the March 2 shooting death of his girlfriend, Tanya Hall, outside Club ManchVegas. Manchester resident Justin Moura has been charged with Hall’s murder.
Winslow is being held on $10,000 bail on a driving charge and cocaine possession charge. His bail status did not change on Tuesday.
Osborne’s tone on Tuesday was much more reserved than a blistering document he filed on April 30 demanding access to the entire murder investigation. Osborne wrote that any information gathered in the Moura investigation is essential to Winslow’s defense, and prosecutors had violated his client’s rights by not providing the investigation.
Osborne has also sought results of any blood testing of Hall, hinting he would link the slight amount of cocaine found in Winslow’s SUV — a quarter gram — to her.
A hearing was slated Tuesday on Osborne’s demands. But it was called off after the bench conference; Messer set a status conference in the case for May 29.
Hall’s family members were in the courtroom, and prosecutors whisked them away to a conference room after the hearing.
The Winslow case is being prosecuted by assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Joseph Quinlan, who said he could not comment.
Homicide prosecutor Peter Hinckley said he has no position on Osborne’s motion to compel complete discovery. Hinckley, who is prosecuting Moura, said the dispute is between the Hillsborough County Attorney and Winslow’s lawyer.
“We have absolutely no involvement in the county attorney’s case,” Hinckley said. “We don’t advise them. We don’t recommend anything to them.”
Hinckley said he attended the hearing because of Osborne’s motion.