DaSilva pleads 'not guilty' in Danbury death
New Milford resident Joseph DaSilva Jr., 50, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault in state Superior Court of Danbury.
Mr. DaSilva, the owner of the Palace Theater in Danbury and many other properties in the city, is charged in connection with the Nov. 6 beating death of 42-year-old Luis Encalada, an immigrant from Ecuador.
Mr. DaSilva and his attorney, Eugene Riccio of Gulash & Riccio in Bridgeport, did not object to a no-contact order sought by the prosecutor for the protection of two witnesses mentioned in the search warrant affidavit on file at the court.
Only a few details about the case have been made public. The warrant has been kept sealed by court order for 14 days after Mr. DaSilva's arrest on Jan. 29. It was anticipated to be available for viewing on Friday.
Mr. DaSilva has requested a jury trial.
"My client maintains his innocence in this very unfortunate matter," Mr. Ricco said. "The public should reserve their judgement until all the facts and circumstances are presented in court."
Also observing the proceedings Tuesday was Danbury personal injury lawyer Alan Barry, who has been retained by Mr. Encalada's family in Ecuador to represent them in possible legal action resulting from the death.
Mr. DaSilva is next scheduled to appear in court March 3.