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Man accused of killing 3 family members is ‘ready for trial,’ attorney says

A man accused of killing three members of his family said he doesn't need years to prepare a defense.WESH 2's Dave McDaniel spoke with Grant Amato's defense lawyers about their strategy not to waive a speedy trial."We're ready for trial," attorney Jared Shapiro said.It's not even been four months since three members of Grant Amato's…
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A man accused of killing three members of his family said he doesn’t need years to prepare a defense.WESH 2’s Dave McDaniel spoke with Grant Amato’s defense lawyers about their strategy not to waive a speedy trial.”We’re ready for trial,” attorney Jared Shapiro said.It’s not even been four months since three members of Grant Amato’s family were found shot to death in their Chuluota home — his parents and brother.Facing the possibility of the death penalty would usually mean a lengthy prep for trial, but not for Amato’s attorneys.”Mr. Amato wants his day in court, and we’re going to get it for him,” attorney Jeff Dowdy said.The state points to a family dispute in which $200,000 in missing money that went to a Bulgarian woman that Grant Amato had an online relationship with — as a motive for murder.Grant Amato was told to leave home hours before the bodies were found.The defense says there’s a lack of physical evidence.”If not him, then who, is not beyond a reasonable doubt, if that’s what they have without physical evidence, which we feel they don’t, we’re very confident,” Shapiro said.The defense announced its desire to go to trial as soon as possible on the same day it filed a motion to suppress, saying evidence gathered at the home came after an illegal entry.Deputies went to the home when co-workers of Cody Amato said the normally reliable guy didn’t show up for work.Deputies had said they entered the home to check on the well being of who might have been inside.In the motion, the defense says using a pocket knife to gain entry to the locked up home without apparent evidence of a crime was improper.”Understanding that your home is your castle, that is the place where you have the highest protection, they don’t wait that time, they go in the back with a pocket knife,” Shapiro said.The defense says the search was illegal.The hearing held Wednesday set a trial date on July 15.The motion to suppress was not argued Wednesday afternoon.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A man accused of killing three members of his family said he doesn’t need years to prepare a defense.

WESH 2’s Dave McDaniel spoke with Grant Amato’s defense lawyers about their strategy not to waive a speedy trial.

“We’re ready for trial,” attorney Jared Shapiro said.

It’s not even been four months since three members of Grant Amato’s family were found shot to death in their Chuluota home — his parents and brother.

Facing the possibility of the death penalty would usually mean a lengthy prep for trial, but not for Amato’s attorneys.

“Mr. Amato wants his day in court, and we’re going to get it for him,” attorney Jeff Dowdy said.

The state points to a family dispute in which $200,000 in missing money that went to a Bulgarian woman that Grant Amato had an online relationship with — as a motive for murder.

Grant Amato was told to leave home hours before the bodies were found.

The defense says there’s a lack of physical evidence.

“If not him, then who, is not beyond a reasonable doubt, if that’s what they have without physical evidence, which we feel they don’t, we’re very confident,” Shapiro said.

The defense announced its desire to go to trial as soon as possible on the same day it filed a motion to suppress, saying evidence gathered at the home came after an illegal entry.

Deputies went to the home when co-workers of Cody Amato said the normally reliable guy didn’t show up for work.

Deputies had said they entered the home to check on the well being of who might have been inside.

In the motion, the defense says using a pocket knife to gain entry to the locked up home without apparent evidence of a crime was improper.

“Understanding that your home is your castle, that is the place where you have the highest protection, they don’t wait that time, they go in the back with a pocket knife,” Shapiro said.

The defens

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