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Dispute over consent in Auburn murder case search emerges as latest issue in prosecution

During a recent evidence suppression hearing related to the Auburn murder case of Joshua Poole, a controversy arose over the legality of a police search. Mary Ferro, the romantic partner of murder suspect Gage Ashley, claimed she did not consent to the search of her home by law enforcement, according to The Citizen.

This claim contradicts the testimony of former Auburn Police Department detective Meagan Kalet, who stated that Ferro signed a consent form.


The hearing, preceding Ashley’s March trial, delves into the events following Poole’s November 2019 death. Ferro, taking the stand, denied signing the consent form and expressed her concerns during the police interaction. She mentioned hiring a handwriting expert to review the document, although details about the expert’s findings were not disclosed in court.

Judge Thomas Leone expects to issue a decision by February 2. The developments in this case add a layer of complexity to Ashley’s re-trial, as his initial conviction was overturned in May due to a procedural error.