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Son of 'Real Housewives' star set to go on trial for attempted murder

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Video from the motel showed that the blue vehicle arrived shortly after the shooting occurred and that a man named Bryan Goldstein, nicknamed Ace, got out and walked to a room, according to Garson.

A Costa Mesa police officer questioned Goldstein at the motel about the shooting.

Garson alleged in court Thursday that Goldstein received special treatment from officers. He argued that officers didn't test his hands or clothing for gunshot residue and didn't search the car until two days later, after it had been sitting in a tow yard with the windows open.

Nichols contended that everyone questioned that night was treated the same way.

Goldstein has an immunity agreement with the Orange County district attorney's office to testify in an Anaheim homicide case from July 2016, according to court papers. Garson said Thursday that Goldstein had been an informant in another case in 2004.

Fish agreed Thursday to allow Garson to question Costa Mesa officers about whether they knew Goldstein had previously cooperated with law enforcement when they interviewed him the night of the shooting.

Goldstein indicated that if asked to testify in the Waring case he would invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. He will not be called as a defense witness, according to Garson.

A few months after the shooting, while in a holding tank in Orange County Jail, Goldstein spoke about the shooting with Ira Stringer, an inmate who was housed near Waring, according to a Jan. 5 account of an interview between Stringer and Kristen Knowles, a private investigator working with Garson.

According to Stringer, Goldstein asked him to tell Waring that he "won't let him go down for this." Knowles' report states that Goldstein told Stringer he was the one in the dark-colored car and he was the shooter.

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According to the report, Goldstein told Stringer that he threw the gun into a trash bin at the Star Inn before police showed up to question him.

Then, according to the report, Goldstein's story began to change.

"While there were other people around, Goldstein stated he was in the light car and Josh was the shooter," Knowles wrote.

Nichols argued in court papers against allowing jurors to hear Stringer's testimony, calling it unreliable.

Fish is expected to rule on that Monday.

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