WILKES-BARRE — In addition to her other appeal claims, convicted poisoner Helen Galli also is claiming ineffective assistance of counsel in connection with her trial last year.
The motion was filed Monday in Luzerne County Court by attorney Demetrius W. Fannick. Attorney Al Flora Jr. is representing Galli on appeal, but said he is friends with her trial attorney, Joseph Sklarosky Sr., and wanted a different attorney to handle that aspect of her post-trial motions.
Efforts to reach Sklarosky late Monday afternoon were not immediately successful.
A jury in October found Galli guilty of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment for pouring antifreeze into a glass of Juicy Juice at her Wyoming home in March 2010 and giving it to her son to take to his girlfriend, Dawn Simyan. While Simyan survived, she endured a painful recovery.
Fannick’s motion comes with respect to an alleged failure by counsel to file a motion preventing hearsay testimony offered via Simyan, or to object once it was offered.
Flora has previously taken aim at Simyan’s testimony that Victor Galli told her the drink he handed to her came from his mother, which Flora called “uncorroborated hearsay.”
Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni later sentenced Galli, in her 80s, to spend 5-1/2 to 12 years in prison.