SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WENY) -- A judged has ruled that statements given by limousine service operator Nauman Hussain to State Police and Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, before and in the hours after the fatal Schoharie crash, cannot be suppressed in court.

The judge cited the fact that Hussain was not in custody at the time had made those statements, according to the Albany Times Union.

Hussain faces 20 counts each of criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter.

The most recent ruling looked a three separate interactions.

The first centered on conversations Hussain had with DOT's Regulatory Investigator between January and September of 2018. The court ruling noted that the DOT official put the limo out of service "due to defects."

It also looked at a conversation that Hussain had with a state trooper last summer at the Saratoga Race Course. The trooper noticed the limo did not have the required DOT markings, and that the vehicle had several other violations.

The third conversation the ruling addressed was with state police investigators in the hours after the October 6 crash. Hussain was not given his Miranda Rights because, at the time, he was not a suspect.