Judge: Zavalidroga will have to pay for own attorney

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Tomas Zavalidroga, the Blossvale man charged in connection to his mother's disappearance, will have to pay for his attorney, a judge ruled Friday.

Zavalidroga asked to have a court-appointed attorney, but that was denied because the court says Zavalidroga has too many assets to qualify, including more than 100 acres of property in Annsville.

Zavalidroga, who is charged with reckless endangerment and false reporting in the disappearance of his mother, Margaret Zavalidroga, will be in court Aug. 8.

In Oneida City Court on Friday, Zavalidroga said the deputies at the Madison County Correctional Facility where he is being held aren't allowing him to make calls.

"I feel the staff at the jail has been thwarting my efforts to contact any attorney," he said. "I have not been able to contact any attorney. I have not been able to talk to an attorney for almost two weeks."

Madison County Sheriff's Department has not yet responded to the allegation.

The judge also denied Zavalidroga's request to reduce his $5,000 bail, citing that he lied about not having any assets.

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