ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A judge ruled Monday that state grand jury minutes from the David Renz case could be released to both the U.S. Attorney's Office and his defense team.
Renz pleaded guilty back in July to charges of first degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child. The charges stem from a March attack in which he forced Lori Bresnahan, 47, and a young girl into Bresnahan's car outside the Great Northern Mall in Clay. He raped the girl and murdered Bresnahan.
The death penalty would be tied to possible federal car jacking charges.
Renz's attorney says he thinks the facts of the case could help his client avoid that penalty, but members of the U.S. Attorney's Office say they'll determine that after a thorough review of the minutes.
"We're required to look at all the facts in any criminal case, especially one of this magnitude, and in doing our due diligence, if you will, under federal guidelines, it was appropriate that we seek these minutes as part of our review," said U.S. Attorney's Office Executive Assistant John Duncan.
"I don't think the federal government's really going to have a separate interest that needs to be fulfilled. This is not about stealing the car. This is about the crime that took place in the car. The car is just the location, not the object of the crime," said Ken Moynihan, Renz's attorney.
If the federal government proceeds with charges, Renz's plea bargain could be withdrawn.