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Connecticut police officer hires high-profile attorney; news conference set Thursday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- High-profile attorney Gabriel Grasso has been retained to represent Robert Ferraro, the Connecticut police officer charged in a DUI crash that killed a fellow officer during a visit to Las Vegas.

Grasso plans to hold a press conference outside the Regional Justice Center on Thursday, Sept. 23, following a scheduled 7:30 a.m. court hearing for Ferraro.

Attorney Gabriel Grasso talks with family members after Robert Ferraro's Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, court appearance. (Bianca Holman / 8NewsNow)

Grasso was in the courtroom this week when Ferraro appeared before Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Suzann Baucum, but he had not yet been hired by the family.

Metro police say the New Haven officer was drunk when he lost control of a rented Rolls Royce on Friday near Decatur and Spring Mountain roads. The car rolled, killing 35-year-old officer Joshua Castellano. They were on vacation along with two other officers.

Grasso has represented defendants in a number of high-profile cases. He is currently representing 18-year-old Aaron Guerrero who, along with his 16-year-old girlfriend, is accused of murdering her father. He was also part of the defense team that represented O.J. Simpson in his Palace Station casino memorabilia case.

  • LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 15: O.J. Simpson (R) speaks with his attorney Gabriel Grasso during the opening day of his trial at Clark County Regional Justice Center on September 15, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson is charged with a total of twelve counts including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an alleged incident involving the theft of his sports memorabilia. (Photo by Jae Hong-Pool/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Gabriel Grasso, former O.J. Simpson attorney, testifies at Simpson's evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed. (Photo by Steve Marcus - Pool/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 29: Gabriel Grasso, an attorney for O.J. Simpson, speaks in court in court during his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center at the Clark County Regional Justice Center September 29, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart are standing trial on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Gabriel Grasso (L), former O.J. Simpson attorney, looks over a 2008 trial transcript held by Simpson attorney Patricia Palm at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed. (Photo by Steve Marcus - Pool/Getty Images)