Wendi Adelson’s attorney asks judge to quash defense subpoena

FILE PHOTO: Wendi Adelson takes the stand in Katherine Magbanua's 2019 trial.
FILE PHOTO: Wendi Adelson takes the stand in Katherine Magbanua's 2019 trial.(WCTV)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 2:01 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 3:15 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Wendi Adelson’s attorneys are now asking the judge to throw out a defense subpoena to testify in the retrial of Katherine Magbanua.

The motion was filed Friday but unsealed Tuesday morning.

Adelson is listed as a state witness and is expected to testify in Magbanua’s retrial, subject to cross-examination by the defense.

Adelson’s attorney, John Lauro, told WCTV that Adelson “will definitely be testifying under the state subpoena.”

He said the motion was filed in response to Magbanua’s defense team trying to “piggyback” on the back end of the state’s subpoena.

According to Lauro, only the state subpoena carries immunity.

“Given the state’s theory of the case, there is no question that Adelson has a real and substantial interest in asserting her rights against compelled testimony,” her attorney, John Lauro said. “In these proceedings, Adelson has thus made an unequivocal and complete invocation of her rights under the U.S. and Florida constitutions.”

It is not clear when the judge will make a decision on Adelson’s request to quash the defense subpoena or how it could impact the case.

Adelson did testify in Magbanua’s first trial in 2019.

Her attorney told WCTV he believes Adelson may start her testimony in this trial as early as Thursday morning.

You can view the court document Adelson’s attorneys filed at this link or below.

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