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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

[NJ] Stopping wife-killer Officer Vanaman from claiming self-defense

Judge to rule on Vanaman defense
The Press of Atlantic City
By JOHN MARTINS 856-794-5114
November 27, 2007
[Excerpts] - Prosecutors will try to convince a judge Thursday to bar a Millville police sergeant from claiming at his upcoming trial that he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot his wife last year. First Assistant Prosecutor Ken Pagliughi filed court papers Oct. 10 asking that a Superior Court judge bar Sgt. Robert Van-aman, 38, from using self-defense as a justification for the killing. Vanaman, a 15-year veteran of the Millville police force, was arrested last November after a six-month investigation into the shooting death of his 37-year-old wife, Barbara... Vanaman - who remains free on $500,000 bail - is charged with murder, criminal restraint, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, tampering with evidence, hindering prosecution and obstructing the administration of law enforcement. Barbara (Getz) Vanaman, a part-time aerobics instructor, was pronounced dead at South Jersey Healthcare–Regional Medical Center in Vineland on May 11, 2006, after being shot twice in the chest with her husband's service revolver... In his court filing, Pagliughi argues that Vanaman's attorneys did not follow an established court rule that requires defendants to let prosecutors know if they intend to use any of several defenses... The rule, 3:12-1, also states that the notice must be given in writing no later than seven days before an arraignment or other pre-trial conference. Vanaman was arraigned April 2... Prosecutors, however, have said they can prove Vanaman killed his wife in cold blood. They also said that medical experts believe the defensive knife wounds that Vanaman allegedly received at the hands of his wife were superficial and likely self-inflicted... Vanaman is on unpaid suspension from his job at the Millville Police Department...
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