Judge: Former Norwalk official on house arrest can’t visit parents for Thanksgiving

A Stamford Superior Court judge denied that request from Ellen Wink Wednesday but said trips to see them can be reconsidered.

Marissa Alter

Nov 16, 2022, 10:52 PM

Updated 614 days ago

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A former Norwalk official who's on house arrest while facing a murder charge in her tenant’s death will not get to visit her elderly parents for Thanksgiving. A Stamford Superior Court judge denied that request from Ellen Wink Wednesday but said trips to see them can be reconsidered.
It was Wink’s first appearance in court since Judge Gary White allowed Wink to post 10% of her $2.5 million bond in cash and put her on house arrest. The only exceptions to that are medical appointments, legal hearings and religious services. But her attorney Stephan Seeger wanted to add one more exception—to visit her parents, who live in Connecticut.
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning vehemently argued against it in court. “The state objected all along to the idea of Ms. Wink even making bond considering the allegations and the strength of the state’s case. The idea that we would now allow her to go visit people is—in the state’s view—incredibly dangerous and in complete opposition to what Judge White originally intended when he set very strict conditions on her release.”
Judge Robert Golger was on the bench for the hearing Thursday, and while Golger ruled against the defense, he left the door open.
“He denied it without prejudice. We’re going to proceed by way of motion. We don’t consider her to be a danger. And she just wants to see her elderly parents. They’re in their 90s,” Seeger told News 12.
Norwalk police said Wink shot Kurt Lametta five times inside her property on Nelson Avenue on Jan. 20. The two had a contentious relationship after Lametta allegedly stopped paying rent and refused to move out. The deadly encounter was captured on video, according to police. They said Lametta was holding his phone by his side but recording at the time of his death. Manning has argued that the footage shows Wink was not provoked and not in danger when she came at Lametta. Seeger has countered the footage doesn’t tell the whole story.
“I think the case has been misunderstood from the very beginning. There are aspects of the case that are not currently in evidence. And there’s a self-defense aspect to it that really involves taking into consideration what’s going on in a defendant’s mind,” Seeger said after court Wednesday.
Both sides are back in court Jan. 18. Seeger told News 12 that’s when it may become clear whether this case will go to trial or move forward with a plea agreement.
Wink was the Republican deputy registrar for the city of Norwalk but was fired after being charged with murder.


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