Stamford man's lawyer asks judge if there's sufficient evidence to warrant his murder charge

STAMFORD — One of the men accused of slaying a 16-year-old Stamford resident in 2018 has asked a judge to review whether there is enough evidence to warrant a murder charge against him.

Dennis Bradley, attorney for Isaias Delacruz, 21, requested a hearing of probable cause during a brief court appearance on Thursday. State statute allows all murder defendants to request the probable cause hearing.

During a probable cause hearing, the state presents its evidence in a given case and a judge is called upon to decide if there is enough to justify a murder charge.

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley said he and his client felt it was “prudent” to hold a hearing on probable cause, but he did not explain his reasoning further.

Local defense attorneys often do not request probable cause hearings, because the evidence presented during the hearing goes on to the record and is permanently preserved even if a witness dies or is not able to testify at the trial.

Bradley did not respond to requests for further comment Thursday.

Under state law, a hearing of probable cause must be held within 60 days of it being requested. Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning said on Thursday the hearing will likely be scheduled some time in the first two weeks of September.

Delacruz is one of two Stamford men arrested in May in connection to the homicide.

Andrew Gould, the lawyer for Delacruz’s co-defendant, Jonathan “Gotti” Montero-Delossantos, waived his client’s right to a hearing of probable cause on Thursday.

Delacruz and Montero-Delossantos were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and carrying a pistol without a permit for the death of Marcus Hall.

Hall was shot multiple times on the night of Sept. 20, 2018, in the area of 62 Pequot Lane, police said. The killing of the Westhill High School student and aspiring skateboarder left the West Side community shaken to its core.

Investigator Louis Burdi said in the warrant that police used surveillance footage, witness testimony and anonymous tips to help build the case against the two Stamford men.

Multiple witness accounts place Delacruz and Montero-Delossantos in the area of the Southwood Square Complex, also known as the Village, on the night Hall was killed, Burdi said in the warrant.

Security camera footage in the area of the complex helped police identify a small white sedan with a “distinctive dark-colored gas cap door” and dark-colored rims as a vehicle of interest, Burdi said.

After identifying the vehicle, police said they were able to tie Delacruz and Montero-Delossantos to the shooting.