Lawyer for former CT doctor in Vt. road rage killing raises possibility … – CT Insider

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A former Connecticut doctor charged with a road rage killing in Vermont is trying to punch holes in the prosecution’s case, disputing the characterization of his marksmanship with a pistol and other issues in a case that the suspect’s attorney says “relies largely on happenstance.” 

His lawyer, Adam Hescock, contends the state’s case “invents a motive that is not supported by credible evidence,” according to a recent filing in Vermont Superior Court at Windham.

Vermont state police say Piri, who was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, shot Fonseca-Rivera, 44, with a 9 mm handgun from the rear window of the pickup as both vehicles traveled south on Route 103. Piri, now 50, was headed back to Connecticut from a second home in Londonderry, Vt. 

Police say multiple cameras along the two-lane highway recorded Piri’s pickup traveling ahead of the produce delivery truck early in the afternoon. The delivery truck finally stopped on the side of the road about 1:20 p.m., GPS on the vehicle showed. Fonseca-Rivera was found later that day slumped over the wheel and pronounced dead at the scene.

Piri, a former Hartford Healthcare doctor, had left his wife and two children home in Connecticut on Halloween and headed to Vermont. He had been dealing with recurrent problems with the well at the Londonderry house, which sits on a 6.24-acre lot, according to police. Piri told police he left Londonderry about 12:15 p.m., after a contractor replaced the well pump, but should have left earlier because he had tickets for a show at Foxwoods casino and was going to be late, the arrest warrant stated.

He got stuck in traffic and was rerouted through GPS but got lost before finally finding his way south on Route 103, police said. When he stopped to get his truck washed, the machine would not read his credit card, the affidavit stated. Police said Piri told investigators that he was having a “(expletive) day.”

Piri denied carrying a weapon in the vehicle, but police found a magnetic holster on the Toyota’s center console. They also seized a 9 mm handgun from the Vermont home that was missing the barrel and slide needed to conduct a full ballistic test, police said. Detectives also noted a target range at Piri’s Londonderry home and several hiding spots for weapons. In the affidavit, detectives described the doctor as an “above average firearms enthusiast.”

But Hescock contends in the recent court filing that prosecutors exaggerated Piri’s abilities.

“The state’s case must also postulate that Dr. Piri is an incredible marksman with a 9 mm handgun,” Hescock wrote. “According to the state, he was able to roll down his truck’s rear window, grab a handgun, establish a ‘reasonably stable firearm discharge platform,’ quickly …….


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