Parties are expected to conduct a hearing on proposed expert testimony in an armed robbery case using Skype on Wednesday, a first for Carroll County courts.
Stanley O. Shyngle, 23, is charged in connection with the armed robbery of Eldersburg's Panera Bread on Aug. 26, 2014, according to electronic court files.
Judge Fred S. Hecker signed an order May 5 outlining the protocol for the hearing, which will seek to determine whether voice expert Al Yanovitz, who is based in Montana, should be permitted to testify at a jury trial in August.
Defense attorney Andrew Ucheomumu requested the option to look into remote testimony to avoid the cost of flying Yanovitz in for the hearing.
Yanovitz will still be required to testify in person at trial if his testimony is deemed admissible. He is expected to testify that prior familiarity with the speaker will not affect later recognition of a voice.