STAMFORD, Conn. – The man police call the dinnertime bandit filed court papers Wednesday asking to have charges against him dropped because he says investigators improperly conducted a photo lineup with a witness.
Alan Golder has pleaded not guilty to nearly 40 felony counts, including burglary, larceny, robbery and kidnapping, in the residential break-ins that occurred in the 1990s.
Authorities estimate nearly $1 million in goods were taken in the burglaries in the upscale towns of Greenwich and Darien.
The Greenwich burglaries began three months after Golder was paroled in 1996 after serving 15 years in prison for the 1978 murder of Long Island, N.Y., real estate developer Lawrence Lever. Lever was fatally shot by Golder's accomplice during a break-in at his home.
Golder was arrested in 2006 in Belgium and extradited in November back to Connecticut.
Golder's attorney, Howard Ehring, filed papers in Stamford Superior Court Wednesday asking a judge to throw out evidence and the charges.
He said a photo lineup with a witness was carried out in a suggestive way and that the witness only saw a little of the burglar's face because he had a mask.
Golder also contends his extradition was illegal and says he fled before an arrest warrant was issued for him because authorities failed to put him in a federal witness protection program after he testified against organized crime figures.
A telephone message was left with a prosecutor.