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State's Highest Court To Hear Appeal In Bouncer's Killing

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Michael Wright   Nov 20, 2013 9:13 AM
Nov 20, 2013 10:35 AM

An attorney representing convicted killer Anthony Oddone appealed his 2009 manslaughter conviction to New York’s highest court last week, claiming that jury bias and scientifically flawed testimony tainted the decisions of the 12 men and women who convicted him.

The attorney, Marc Wolinsky, a member at The Bridge golf course in Noyac where Mr. Oddone caddied, presented the appeal to the State Court of Appeals in Albany last Thursday, November 14. The Suffolk County district attorney’s office defended the guilty verdict, the evidence presented during the two-month trial and the soundness of the jury’s decision-making.

Mr. Oddone, now 31, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the choking death of 40-year-old Andrew Reister, an off-duty correction officer from Hampton Bays who was working as a bouncer at the Southampton Publick House at the time of the incident in August 2008. The two clashed when Mr. Riester told Mr. Oddone to stop dancing on a table, and the younger man jumped on his back, putting him in a choke hold.

The case Mr. Wolinsky made to the Court of Appeals focused on many of the same issues he pitched to the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in 2011. That court rejected his requests for a new trial on legal grounds but reduced the 22-year sentence Mr. Oddone was given by Judge C. Randall Hinrichs in 2010 to 17 years.

The Court of Appeals considers only questions of law. It could order that a new trial be held or ask for more information. A ruling is expected by the end of the year.

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It's a shame they never did a tox screen on this guy.

He needs a VERY long time sequestered from society to think about what he stole from a loving wife, their children, and the rest of their family and friends.

Is there any doubt he choked a man to death?

What other "evidence" truly is there to consider...
By Mr. Z (6224), North Sea on Nov 20, 13 3:14 PM
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"The two clashed when Mr. Riester told Mr. Oddone to stop dancing on a table, and the younger man jumped on his back, putting him in a choke hold."
Mr. Wright, I think you left something out and presented this in a less than accurate manner. Someone who knows nothing of the details of this case could easily infer that he jumped off the table onto the victims back or that the initial physical contact was created by the victim.
By ICE (1195), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 1:09 AM
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Mr. Reister was a local correction officer, Oddone is a cop killer.
By marlinspike (1312), Southampton on Nov 21, 13 7:16 AM
As a matter of law, correction officers are not police officers ("cops").
By Frank Wheeler (1267), Northampton on Nov 21, 13 6:06 PM
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Maybe you could be drunken killer Oddone's character witness and tell that to Reister's kids, smart guy.
By marlinspike (1312), Southampton on Nov 25, 13 6:08 PM
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