Mallatere case continued
by Anna Oakes
The administrative court hearing for former Best Western hotel operator Damon Mallatere on Monday was continued a second time, staff in the district attorney's office indicated.
Mallatere is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault inflicting serious injury for the deaths of three people and injury to another in carbon monoxide poisonings that occurred at the Boone Best Western last year. Investigators linked elevated CO levels in Best Western room 225 to a leaking pool water heater and faulty exhaust system.
Mallatere entered an initial plea of not guilty and posted a bond of $40,000 upon turning himself in on the charges last month. He has yet to enter a formal plea in court, but his attorney said in February that his client planned to plead not guilty.
The continued case is scheduled for the next administrative Superior Court date on June 23, according to the district attorney's office.