Trials & Litigation

Murder Trial Delayed After Defense Attorney's Car Is Involved in Hit-and-Run Accident


Saying that an ongoing investigation of a hit-and-run accident involving a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer’s vehicle would be a distraction to him in a murder trial that was supposed to begin this week, a state court judge has postponed the case.

John Koufos of Koufos and Norgaard admitted he would be distracted by the investigation and said he hasn’t had access recently to his case files, because they were in the vehicle. However, he also said he is not a target of the investigation, while a legal assistant in his office is, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The legal assistant, Craig Terlizzi, 40, was arrested over the weekend and charged with a number of traffic violations after a teenage pedestrian was injured in the accident.

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