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Aug 28, 2008 1:29 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Plea not immediately in sight in murder case

Aug 28, 2008 1:29 PM

More than two weeks has passed since the arraignment of a Farmingville man on charges he murdered a county corrections officer from Hampton Bays and the accused is still incarcerated without bail. His attorney says the possibility of a plea bargain has not been discussed with prosecutors.

Anthony P. Oddone, 25, is being held at Rikers Island on charges that he choked 40-year-old Andrew P. Reister on August 7 at the Publick House tavern in Southampton Village. Mr. Reister was working as security at the bar that night. Mr. Oddone’s attorney, Anthony La Pinta, refused to comment on whether he would try to get a judge to set bail for Mr. Oddone, whose next scheduled court date is September 25.

The defendant, who was originally charged with felony assault and held on $500,000 bail, was charged with second-degree murder after Mr. Reister died of his injuries on August 9. As a result of the charges, and the Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Denise Merrifield’s argument that Mr. Oddone is a flight risk, Suffolk County Judge C. Randall Hinrichs ordered him remanded without bail.

The district attorney’s office has refused to comment on the case and would not reveal whether a plea bargain is a possibility for Mr. Oddone.

“We haven’t discussed any plea bargain,” Mr. La Pinta said of his communications with the district attorney’s office, and any offer would be the district attorney’s call, he added.

Mr. La Pinta also said that he is still investigating the case and has not decided whether he would even be open to a plea agreement for his client.

Brendan O’Reilly

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