24 Feb, 2024
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Attorney for ex-Norwalk city official charged with murder seeks release on bond; cites new evidence that supports self-defense claim

The attorney for Ellen Wink, a former Norwalk city official now charged with murder, is hoping to get his client released on bond. Attorney Stephan Seeger filed a bond reduction motion with what he said was new evidence to support Wink’s self-defense claim.

Wink is accused of shooting Kurt Lametta, a tenant renting her property at 16 Nelson Ave., on Jan. 20. She has been in custody since then, unable to post bond after it was raised from $1 million to $2.5 million.

“I argue that the increase of $1.5 million on top of an existing $1 million bond was excessive. This is essentially a denial of bond,” Seeger told News 12 Thursday, regarding his new motion.

The increase came at a hearing in February where the state said it had evidence to refute the killing was self-defense, a video from the victim’s own cellphone of his death. Lametta was recording when Wink confronted him on the day in question.

“She turns to him, fires a gun and starts shooting. The victim in the video attempts to run away from her, and it’s very clear she follows. The video completely belies any self-defense claims,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning previously told Judge Gary White in court.

Seeger said then, and continues to maintain, that the video is upside down, more like an audio clip, and only captures part of the interaction. In his motion, he said his investigation uncovered new audio tape evidence which supports Wink’s claim she feared Lametta.

“The victim in this case had a habit of going around and taping people. Other people in the rooming home started to tape him in their own defense, and when they did that, a story about who the

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