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Dec 20, 2013 6:24 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE:Oddone Released On Bail Monday

Dec 26, 2013 8:30 AM

UPDATE:: Monday 5 p.m.

Anthony Oddone was released from custody shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday at the Arthur M. Cromarty Court Complex in Riverside.

He was met outside the courthouse by the attorneys who won his freedom, Sarita Kedia and Mark Wolinsky, and by a small crowd of family, friends and supporters huddled in the parking lot under a steady drizzle.

"I’m just very grateful to be with the friends and family and loved ones that supported me through this whole thing,” Mr. Oddone said, outside the courthouse after his release. “Thank you, guys. Thanks, everybody, so much.”

Mr. Oddone's release came after an unnamed supporter, or supporters, posted $500,000 cash bail as tender for his return to court. He was released into the custody of his mother, Laura Oddone, and must reside at her home in Middletown, near Poughkeepsie. He was barred by the judge from leaving the state or country.

He is due to appear back in court on February 5 to begin the second phase of his prosecution in the death of Southampton native Andrew Reister. His indictment on charges of second degree murder, filed after Mr. Reister died three days after a fight with Mr. Oddone at the Southampton Publick House, were vacated by Judge Hinrichs on Monday and a grand jury was ordered to review new charge of first degree manslaughter, the charge he was convicted of by a jury in 2009.

UPDATE: Monday, 1 p.m.

Judge Hinrichs approved Mr. Oddone’s request for bail to be set at $500,000 or $1 million bond.

Mr. Wolinsky said he believes Mr. Oddone will be released sometime today to the custody of his mother, Laura Oddone of Middletown.

The D.A.’s office had asked that Mr. Oddone not be released on bail, arguing that he was a flight risk, but said that if bail was granted, it should be $5 million cash or $15 million bond.

The bail hearing will resume at 2:15 p.m. due to a question about Mr. Oddone’s passport.

The original indictment on murder has been vacated, the case will be returned to a grand jury for a new indictment.

“All I can say is, I’ll be glad to have him home,” Ms. Oddone said.

Original Story:

Anthony Oddone will be in a Riverside courtroom on Monday morning where his defense attorney will ask a judge to allow him to post bail and be released from prison while he awaits retrial in the 2008 killing of Andrew Reister.

The hearing will be before Supreme Court Justice C. Randall Hinrichs, the judge who presided over Mr. Oddone's 2009 murder trial, at the Arthur M. Cromarty courthouse in Riverside at 11 a.m.

After his arrest in 2008, facing murder charges for killing Mr. Reister during a struggle with the part-time bouncer at the Southampton Publick House, Mr. Oddone was ordered held without bail. But the 32-year old former golf caddy now faces less serious charges and a limited amount of time in prison should he again be found guilty, factors that some veteran defense attorneys said this week could swing the chances of his being granted bail in his favor.

In his first trial, which lasted more than two months and saw more than 50 witnesses take the stand, Mr. Oddone was acquitted of second degree murder and found guilty of first degree manslaughter, which would now be the most serious charge he would face if a second trial is held. Additionally, his original sentence of 22 years, issued by Judge Hinrichs, was reduced by an appellate court to 17 years, of which he's already served a little more than five years, dating back to the night of his arrest. With good behavior Mr. Oddone could face as little as nine more years in prison.

In the weeks before the first trial, Judge Hinrichs denied a petition by Mr. Oddone's attorney to allow members of the golf club he caddied at, The Bridge, to post $1 million bond and take responsibility for Mr. Oddone's whereabouts during the trial. Members of the golf club are also believed to have footed the bill for his defense and one member, attorney Marc Wolinsky, handled his appeals pro bono.

Mr. Oddone will be represented on Monday by Sarita Kedia, who defended him at his first trial.

Earlier this month the first degree manslaughter conviction was overturned by the state's highest appeals court on the basis of Judge Hinrichs refusal to allow defense attorneys to remind a witness of an earlier statement she had made about the fatal struggle in August 2008 at the Southampton Publick House.

For most of the time from his arrest until his sentencing in April 2010, Mr. Oddone was held at the New York City jail on Rikers Island, at his attorney's request, because Mr. Reister had worked as a guard at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside. The state corrections system website no longer shows Mr. Oddone in custody at Green Haven Correctional Facility but a spokesman for the District Attorney's office said he did not know where Mr. Oddone would be held this weekend prior to Monday's court appearance or where he would be held if he is denied bail until a second trial or plea deal is reached.

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Uhhhhh, NO.

No bail. To many well heeled friends. Total flight risk.
By Mr. Z (11540), North Sea on Dec 21, 13 2:02 AM
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Let's all pray he isn't friends with Andrew Zaro...
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 21, 13 9:29 AM
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RIP Sister Jackie . . .
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Dec 21, 13 10:04 AM
Only if Andy gets to come home for Christmas.
By Draggerman (930), Southampton on Dec 21, 13 8:34 AM
The Bridge Golf Club is continuing to spend a fortune on attorneys trying to free a murderous, loser caddy who was in their employ. Why??? Really. Why?
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Dec 21, 13 2:01 PM
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it would seem the lawyers are making a fortune, and those who defend him seem to have money to burn.
By Mr. Z (11540), North Sea on Dec 21, 13 2:34 PM
I can think of a lot more worthwhile things to burn it on than Anthony Oddone!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Dec 22, 13 2:02 PM
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Ego
By Deb B (8), Hampton Bays on Dec 31, 13 10:44 AM
Andrew Reister doesn't get to come home to his family for Christmas. Shouldn't that matter?
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Dec 21, 13 3:26 PM
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I'd say so~
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Dec 21, 13 4:54 PM
it certainly should. What a travesty.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Dec 21, 13 10:18 PM
ME TOO
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Dec 21, 13 6:00 PM
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By just breath (82), yuck on Dec 21, 13 7:24 PM
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*you're
By just breath (82), yuck on Dec 21, 13 7:24 PM
*your
By LI native (127), east moriches on Dec 22, 13 6:29 AM
An aggressive, drunken, foolish attack by the defendant. Pay the price, learn from your mistakes, and shut the hell up, foolish loser. And shame on you, Wolinsky, you silly man.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Dec 22, 13 7:59 PM
This is a travesty of justice. How his lawyers sleep at night is beyond me.
By IceMan (4), water mill on Dec 23, 13 1:33 PM
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By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 23, 13 1:39 PM
I haven't felt this sick since OJ was allowed to spend Christmas with his kids after killing two people and getting away with it. Hinrichs is as misguided as Ito.
By SHPredatorDept (72), Southampton on Dec 23, 13 1:57 PM
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I bet the Reister family would like to have there husband, father, brother and son home for the holidays.....oh wait they can't thanks to Oddone's actions......unreal!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Dec 23, 13 2:13 PM
Bail at 500k? Less than a membership at the Bridge. That doesn't secure any appearance by oddone. That's pocket change to these guys funding his defense.
By C Law (349), Water Mill on Dec 23, 13 2:15 PM
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By jim (48), hampton bays on Dec 23, 13 2:58 PM
Maybe I'm ignorant (or missing something) but can anyone explain why the Bridge members are willing to spend so much $$$ and time on this guy?

He was a freaking caddy and he did, ya know, murder someone (then tried to flee the scene). I could understand if there was a series of unfortunate circumstances and it was a case of self defense and the guy was being railroaded (or something far more murky than whta happened) but I just can't understand why they are being so loyal to him.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 23, 13 3:11 PM
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That's also my question. What is even odder than the employer paying for the original defence fees is the fact that this very high powered NYC legal team is now working for oddone PRO BONO! For free!!! Why?? What is up with that? Perhaps an interested journalist will dig up the REAL motivation for the murderer's employers and legal team putting everything on the line for a murdering loser caddy.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Dec 23, 13 8:53 PM
I have one word for this entire matter: disgusting. It covers the "justice system," the attorneys, the judge, and the defendant and his behavior. A good man is lost - and a nun - and their killers get to enjoy life and party at their rich employers' troughs. My thoughts and prayers are with Andrew's and Sister Jackie's families.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Dec 23, 13 4:12 PM
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Let me see if I can understand how the legal system worked here. My classmate is dead and this Christmas, his family will have no dad/husband/brother/son. The guy that was found responsible for his death will be at home this Christmas. The judge that screwed the case is home at Christmas and the defense attorney gets to laugh at the microphone and suggest that this is all great timing. Does not seem right to me.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Dec 23, 13 4:15 PM
I was there that night and saw everything.Funny how they never followed up after questioned me or anything.That shows you something about the STP
By mrkymrk1956 (2), hampton bays on Dec 23, 13 4:32 PM
Now would probably be an excellent time to call them
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 23, 13 4:57 PM
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It occurred in Southampton Village, the town PD would not handle the initial call, the village PD would. The Suffolk County Homicide Squad would take over the investigation. Regardless, you should call the Suffolk County DA's office immediately.
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Dec 23, 13 5:15 PM
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Oh, yes! I'm going to do my part. I refuse to join for $750,000!

You're kidding, right? Who's going to boycott?
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Jan 3, 14 11:35 AM
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Expecting him to think before posting?
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Jan 3, 14 12:34 PM
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What a shame. God bless the Reister family. This is a temporary block of justice.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Dec 23, 13 8:19 PM
These dirtbags have the nerve to pose for cameras, hell has a special place for him.
By GoldenBoy (344), EastEnd on Dec 23, 13 8:53 PM
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In the video his attorney, Kedia, says that he (oddone) is, "Not a flight risk because he never fled from anything". Except of course the night he fled the scene and was picked up a mile away from the crime. How do these smiling attorneys sleep at night?
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Dec 23, 13 9:22 PM
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By HBresident007 (14), Hampton Bays on Dec 23, 13 11:15 PM
I think the bail was set at 500k because that is what it was originally set when Oddone was arrested. While I agree it should have been much higher or none at all, with the conviction now tossed out, the legal system has to ignore the conviction and set bail as if he is just being charged, which is what was done.

Let's just hope the judge assigned to the next trial will ensure that everything is up to snuff and that the dirtbag Oddone will be found guilty once again as he should be.
By itsamazing (222), Southampton on Dec 24, 13 2:36 PM
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By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 24, 13 8:45 PM
I wonder who is pulling the strings to get his rich friends to shell out money for his bail and to get that legal team on the case after he, you know, committed murder by forcing Andrew Reister's family into a nightmarish position. I'm extremely skeptical in regards to the justice system at large as is.

The horrible part is they just might find some technicality to suggest Oddone didn't actually commit murder.
By EastEndEnigma (1), Riverhead on Dec 25, 13 10:55 PM
When this guy goes out and kills another innocent man just doing there job i hope the judge and the two lawyers get charged for murder. Way to release someone that is a total burden on society. Way to go dirtbags!!!
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 26, 13 10:41 AM
Agreed. Just a matter of time until this punk acts up again.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Dec 28, 13 10:28 AM
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By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on Dec 28, 13 10:56 AM
What have "We" become?
By Mr. Z (11540), North Sea on Dec 29, 13 11:55 PM
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By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 30, 13 10:49 AM
Clearly this guy killed the victim. The facts wont change. A new trial will yield the same result. Unfortunately, our justice system sometimes allows criminals to waste time and money with appeals like this. It is part of the price we pay for our Liberty.
By fourthnecker (3), east quogue on Dec 30, 13 6:46 PM
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