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Nov 30, 2009 1:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Oddone won't take stand; both sides rest, and closing arguments slated Tuesday

Nov 30, 2009 1:26 PM

Anthony Oddone’s lawyer, Manhattan attorney Sarita Kedia, rested the defense case in a Riverhead courtroom on Wednesday morning after calling just six witnesses to the stand—none of them her client, who is accused of murder.

Assistant District Attorney Denise Merrifield also rested the prosecution’s case on Wednesday, declining to call any additional witnesses to rebut testimony given by defense witnesses.

The two attorneys will meet with Judge C. Randall Hinrichs on Monday to discuss the charges the jury will be given to consider in their deliberation. Closing arguments in the case will begin on Tuesday morning.

Ms. Kedia had implied earlier in the week that she planned to call Mr. Oddone to the stand on Wednesday but ultimately decided not to. After she announced she was resting her case, Judge Hinrichs asked Mr. Oddone if he agreed with the decision not to have him testify in his own defense. Seated at the defense table in a black tie and white striped dress shirt, he answered, “Yes,” in a low voice.

Mr. Oddone, 26, of Farmingville, stands accused of murdering Southampton native Andrew Reister in a bar fight in August 2008. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the sole charge of second-degree murder.

It is possible that new, lesser charges will be introduced before the jury is left to its deliberations, which could begin as early as Tuesday afternoon. The prosecution opted for a case that intended to prove that Mr. Oddone had intentionally killed Mr. Reister when he held him in a choke hold during the altercation last year at the Southampton Publick House. Veteran defense attorneys have said it is likely that a number of lesser charges—including first-degree manslaughter, a felony that carries a prison sentence of seven to 10 years, or possibly even misdemeanor charges of accidental killing, which could result in no jail time—will be included in the jury’s instructions, giving them other options than simply guilty or not guilty of second-degree murder.

Mr. Reister, 40 when he died, was working part-time as a bouncer at the Publick House when the Hampton Bays man asked Mr. Oddone to stop dancing on a table in the bar’s lounge. Mr. Oddone refused and, according to witnesses, Mr. Reister tried to forcibly remove him from the table. A struggle ensued, during which Mr. Reister fell unconscious after Mr. Oddone placed him in a choke hold from behind. The victim was declared brain dead two days later and taken off life support.

The final defense witness, Shamir Cohen, told the jury that Mr. Reister was calm at first but became “extremely aggressive” when Mr. Oddone spurned his request to get off the table.

“When he grabbed at the guy, he knocked the guy to the ground—it was extremely fast, extremely aggressive,” Ms. Cohen testified. “I was pretty shocked. I turned to my friend and said, ‘Did you see that?’ I thought it was inappropriate. I said to my friend, ‘He was just dancing on a table.’”

In addition to the eyewitness testimony of Ms. Cohen and two other young women, Ms. Kedia’s defense case focused largely on the testimony of two doctors—one a cardiologist the other a forensic pathologist—who suggested that Mr. Reister’s death was hastened, if not caused, by existing heart problems and not simply Mr. Oddone’s choke hold. She also tried to raise doubts about some eyewitnesses’ time estimates of how long the struggle between the two men lasted.

On Tuesday, defense witness Dr. John Kassotis, a cardiologist, testified that after reading Mr. Resiter’s medical history and reviewing the autopsy report, he concluded that Mr. Reister had died of heart failure because of pre-existing heart disease, not simply the chokehold itself.

Dr. James Wilson, a deputy Suffolk County medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Mr. Reister, testified for the prosecution that it appeared from wounds in the victim’s neck that Mr. Oddone had gotten Mr. Reister into what is known as a “carotid sleeper hold.” When a person’s arm is wrapped another person’s neck from behind, Dr. Wilson explained, the hard bone of the forearm puts pressure on a specific area of the neck that causes pressure to build in the head and face, spurring the brain to signal the heart to stop beating in a short time.

Dr. Kassotis said that even if choked in the way Mr. Oddone is believed to have held Mr. Reister for two minutes—the approximate time several prosecution witnesses said the struggle lasted—a person with a healthy heart could still have recovered.

“I would expect about 80 percent of people to recover, even if pressure were applied for two minutes,” Dr. Kassotis said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Kedia had called Kira Leader, a 27-year-old student teacher from Sag Harbor and friend of Ms. Cohen’s, who gave her account of the August 7, 2008, incident. She said she had seen two people dancing on a table, saw one of the bar’s bouncers ask them to get down and then saw the struggle ensue. She contradicted several other witnesses’ testimony, saying she did not hear bystanders yelling at the man choking Mr. Reister to stop.

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Fasten seat belts IMO.

Cohen testimony that Reister was "extremely aggressive" may lead to a verdict of "Not Guilty" due to self-defense issues raising "reasonable doubt."

Have a good Thanksgiving.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 25, 09 6:58 PM
All this talk about "extreme aggression" and a "struggle"...the 'struggle' was a mere shove, and the extreme aggression came from Oddone when he placed the deadly choke hold on Reister, as his back was TURNED. How, pray tell, is that "self defense"?? I have waited until the testimony was complete to bring up another very important question: Why hasn't any report or article commented on Oddone's demeanor in court? Did he not cringe when they showed the photo's of Andrew Reister? Did he show any emotion ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 25, 09 10:25 PM

An unexpected shove from an unidentifiable person who outweighed Tony by 100 lbs and ended up on top of him on a barroom floor warrants self defense through even the most biased eyes. Tony responded to his agressor as to prevent any further harm to himself - self defense. As to the very scientific and close up pictures of various body parts shown throughout the trial, they did not evoke visible emotion from almost anyone in the courtroom with the exception of Mr. Reister’s wife and mother. ...more
By FOTO (36), Lake Grove on Nov 26, 09 12:21 AM
Ok...first of all.... Andrew was not 100 lbs more than Oddone.

Obviously you don't know what you are talking about. Those photos evoked emotion in more than Stacey and Halina. I was there...were you?? Just because people are not crying doesn't mean they don't feel pain.

And if Oddone's clan had any feelings, those photos would have evoked emotion in them, too. But I did notice that on certain days when the going got tough, not many of his clan were there. hmmm.

And...may ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 8:54 AM
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no doubt this whole thing is horrible, but corrections officers ARE aggressive, think who they are, get off on themselves and their power. i believe reister was the aggressor.
By big (14), sag harbor on Nov 26, 09 10:55 AM
Ok.. let's put your comment into perspective. You say correction officers ARE aggressive, think who they are, etc. This is a very collective and biased statement. It would be like someone saying all members of a nationality are aggressive, think who they are, get off on themselves and their power. Do you think that is so? Or .. if you want to talk about professions... suppose someone said you can't get a plumber..they are either yakking on their cellphones or sitting in a coffeeshop doing ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 11:13 AM
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Imagine... all Tony had to do was get down...... things sure would have been MUCH different if he had.....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 26, 09 9:50 PM
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Andrew was never "on top" of him. Sounds good to you, I'm sure, and "justifiable", but it is total BS. As far as the "unexpected" part goes, what did Tony "expect" after he deliberately disobeyed staff's orders to get down off the table, and telling the staff "F*ck You". What *did* he expect? A jee golly young sir, please continue to disobey rules of the establishment, act like a jackass, and cuss out the employee's all you wish...I'll just walk away because you might choke me to death if I do my ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 12:55 PM
So you are saying those pictures of Andrew didn't evoke any emotion in the Oddone onlookers? Obviously they didn't evoke any emotion in you if you were so busy looking around to see who was crying. How did it feel to see Stacey & Halina crying tears of sadness? Did it make you feel like Yes! everybody is for Big Tone here? Seriously, it sounds that way.
I hope they lock him up and throw away the key... but chances are he will be free someday. I hope he gets some serious anger management ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 1:21 PM
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wow... what a biased statement.... I know literally 100's of CO's and not a one are aggressive... especially Reister... his own inmates painted a mural of him and even sent his family sympathy cards and gifts.... holy crap you are out there in left field... way out
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 8:24 PM
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Excuse me some of us work for a living and have tried to make as many trial dates as we can. I didn't choose not to come on the "tough" days. I came when I could to support someone I believe in.
By Tiny1 (3), long island on Nov 29, 09 9:07 PM
"It is possible that new, lesser charges will be introduced before the jury is left to its deliberations. . . "

Duh.
By highhatsize (3700), East Quogue on Nov 25, 09 8:09 PM
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"The scene was a ridiculous amount of force. Look at the default pic of me, that was taken by -------------------- of the Southampton Press about one hour after I was home. You can see the bruises on my arms from some abuse inside the jail. A correctional officer told me as soon as I went in, "we tried you, we found you guilty and we will punish you in here." And they did."
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Nov 25, 09 8:30 PM
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Self defense? You mean to tell me that Mr. Oddone felt he was about to be killed? I mean that's the only reason I could see returning deadly force. Most people in his position would realize they were maybe going to be asked to leave or "escorted" out, but hey that's the risk you take when you jump on a table. He could have pushed the bouncer or shouted at him but he didn't. He just grabbed him and choked him to death. Guilty. Goodbye.
By private (27), sag harbor on Nov 26, 09 5:57 AM
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Just dancing on a table. How do you know that he didnt wise mouth Reister? He seesm like that sort of punk. I wonder what Cohen would do if she were berated? SOme people are so mousey that even a raised voice shocks them. Hopefull Cohens statement will be taken with apound of salt.
By North Sea Citizen (499), North Sea on Nov 26, 09 7:04 AM
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Cohen and her girlfriend were there together that night....but they had conflicting stories.... what's up with that????
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 8:01 AM
Bottom line: Oddone's life was NOT IN DANGER. Not even close.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 26, 09 7:21 AM
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I will be thinking of Stacey, David and Mary Grace today. It can't be easy... A missing person at their family table ... their Daddy. So very sad. I'll also be thinking of George and Halina... one of their sons missing from the family table. Doesn't matter how many kids you have, if one is gone it eats the heart out of a parent.

I could add something about the other side's family table, but I have more class!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 7:43 AM
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A member of the Reister family was murdered... get it??? Why should I wish the Oddones the best? There was absolutely no need for murder. We have all heard about Oddone's other anger issues that were never addressed. Maybe if they had been he wouldn't have committed murder.

And I will add no more to your comments..because you just go on and on and I am not going to entertain the idle space in your life!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 10:48 AM
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I dont think Oddone wanted to kill him...teach him a lesson maybe. The guy had a bad heart and the chokehold made matters worse.

I bet a movie is made about this.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Nov 26, 09 11:24 AM
The paid cardiologist might of said he had a bad heart....but Andrew's cardiologist, that actually saw him and treated him, said he could have run a marathon...
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 11:27 AM
By paid cardiologist I am talking about the one that the defense hired and paid.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 11:31 AM
I'm just being the Devil's Advocate but why was Mr. Reister seeing a cardiologist if he didn't have issues with his heart ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 26, 09 11:38 AM
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How can you have a bad heart and be employed as a correction officer ?
I thought these guys had to be in shape in order to deal with the inmates.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 26, 09 11:35 AM
Frankly, Andrew wouldn't have died that night if Oddone didn't choke him to death.

Talk is cheap..and you people on this board are all entitled to your own opinions..
You all know how I feel, and I am not going to entertain your mentality any further.

Enjoy the holiday...
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 26, 09 11:51 AM
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The Prosecution's Medical expert is the Suffolk County Medical examiner. The Defense had to go all the way to Minnesota to find someone who would, for a fee, corroborate their side of the case. I think any intelligent jury will see that for what it is, and the "bad heart" part of the defense case will be disregarded.

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless the Reister family.
By SoHoser (2), Water Mill on Nov 26, 09 1:57 PM
True but if you think about it why would a Dr. choose to be a civil servant cutting up corpses rather than having a lucrative private medical practice ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Nov 26, 09 2:40 PM
Because maybe that is what he chose to do... Maybe he liked it better. Not everyone thinks alike...
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 11:08 AM
Ok... as a close family friend who has been in court almost every day,,, I'm going to set you all straight about this heart thing! Here goes: Andrew had an extra heartbeat,,,, back in 2005! He did all the necessary tests to make sure everything else was okay, and it was all normal!! He was told by the cardiologist to follow up only if there was a problem, which there was not. As a patient, if you suspect a heart issue, you go to the heart doctor. If you suspect a vision issue, you go to the eye ...more
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 26, 09 9:04 PM
The following are: the legal definitions; lesser included offenses of charges in this case; and the standard instruction on the burden of proof.


§ 10.00. Definitions of terms of general use in this chapter...

9. "Physical injury" means impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.

10. "Serious physical injury" means physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes death or serious and protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Nov 27, 09 10:13 AM
wow... you must be really bored today......
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 3:00 PM
I thought, if not you, that readers of these posts might want to know the law that will be considered by by the prosecution and the defense as it considers which lesser included offenses will be given to the jury to consider, and the specific charge on burden of proof / reasonable doubt.

In the age of computers, it didn't take much time and I thought it was worth the effort so that the task this jury will undertake could be considered. It won't be easy.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Nov 27, 09 4:19 PM
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Only you, Publius! Only you.

Are you preparing to charge the jury?
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 27, 09 4:54 PM
thank you for your consideration, however, I'm sure the Judge can handle it all by himself....he is a very smart man.....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 8:20 PM
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I don't understand why people assume that members of a certain profession behave and act in a certain way. That's like me...a person of color saying that all white people are racists. By all accounts, Andy was anything but aggressive, HELLO inmates that he was responsible at the Suffolk County Jail created a mural in his honor, they donated their commissary money to his family. Anyone who knew him had nothing but good things to say about him. Andy's back was turned to Mr. Oddone when he jumped ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Nov 27, 09 10:43 AM
From what I read, Andy struck out first ... then he turns his back on the guy he just put down ..was Andy walking away or was he just standing there looking for the next dancer.. was he receiving approval from the bar patrons for what he had just done to his victim.. were his hands on his hips or were his arms out stretched & raised as in victory .. this is not the jail where when the guard pushes down an inmate he stays pushed till you let them know otherwise ... these people pretty much have ...more
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 27, 09 1:22 PM
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Yeah..keywords: from what you read. Who writes what you read, friends of your buddy, Oddone???
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 1:53 PM
again... as a family friend, if you had been in court and actually heard the testimony, you would have known that Andrew asked him politely to get down several times.... Oddone could have and should have gotten down... instead he killed Andrew.... the policy at the publick house is no dancing on the tables.... Andrew was doing his job.... Oddone did what he did and needs to be held accountable for his actions....bottom line
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 3:05 PM
You are absolutely absurd. As if the "policy" has anything to do with a man losing his life. Explain to me the relevance. You claim you do not justify Oddone's actions, yet you repeatedly post statements such as "If he hadn't put his hands on Oddone none of this would have happened." No, maybe in your hateful world, Oddone choking Reister was the outcome to be expected. Those of us who recognize the severity of Oddone's unreasonable and heinous reaction know that he easily could have called the ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 6:09 PM
Were you even IN the courtroom???? at all???
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 10:00 PM
does he/she have to be? the testimony has been printed here in this very online newspaper.

Fact: Reister put his hands on Oddone first.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Nov 28, 09 9:36 AM
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Andrew should have kicked his @ss in. He was being kind with a shove, and made the mistake of turning his back on a cheap-shot animal. Had he took care of Oddone and thrown his belligerent behind out of the bar straight away, what's the worst that would be happening right now? He'd try to get his Bridge club boyfriends to sue the Publick House cause they hurt his little feelings and stepped on his arrogance? Perhaps Andrew's kindness, not his aggression, is what got him hurt that night. Oddone won't ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 10:27 PM
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anonymouseSgh: Im curious as to why you keep saying how ur not going to entertain peoples comments and yet every time someone makes a comment there you are to add your opinion on it.

honeylamb: Since we are talking about policy at the publick house and since you have been at the trial alot can I ask you something? What is the policy for the bouncers if a patron isnt cooperating? Bc i have been at the trial and I heard that they are supposed to call the police who are stationed like ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 27, 09 3:37 PM
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You know why...I'll tell you why I keep posting....cause I have a vested interest in this trial..that is why! And I will be here as long as I have something to say.

You cannot imagine the lost the Reister family has from your long time friend Oddone! If he suffers for what he did for the rest of his life, its not long enough as far as I am concerned!

There you have it ...did that satisfy your curiosity?? One way or the other I don't really care if it did or didn't. I'll be ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 4:08 PM
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Fine, you want to insist that Andrew "broke the rules" too- go ahead. He still DIDN'T KILL ANYONE. The lengths some of you will go to absolve Oddone of his deadly actions is amazing. I've never seen such blind ignorance. How can we put into words that your kind will understand...hmm...Ok maybe if Oddone had "followed the rules", he could have went on his pissypants way that night without attacking a man from behind, and maybe sued the Publick House the next day because their bouncer shoved him ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 5:08 PM
Yes, I do believe that people would support him... they are his FAMILY.... it's their job! I would love to see you justify this MURDER as a "tragic accident??" Is hanging on to someone, a HUMAN BEING, around the neck for 2-3 minutes AFTER he passed out is an accident???? Please, enlighten me....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 10:07 PM
U and ur up the island buddies have been trying to taint what actually happened at the expense of a good caring family that has lost so much. I know Tony and he is arrogant and had a problem controlling his booze and choked a man for over two minutes. That is the story and from day one for whatever morally depraved sense of right and wrong when it comes to friendship u all have u tried to skew it to no avail.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Nov 27, 09 3:56 PM
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once again im not on here to bicker and I am not on here to justify oddones actions. My true deepest sympathys go out to everyone who was affected by the death of Mr. reister. Please dont think that I because I am supporting a friend that I have no heart and dont care about what happened that night. And anonymous i wasnt saying that u werent affected by this tragedy i just asked y you say ur done entertaining everyones comments and then every time someone posts something your the first to respond. ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 27, 09 5:33 PM
Nothing against you personally, but I don't have friends like Tony so I don't have to be doing the same thing as you are.

(Just thought I would aggravate you and post one more time)
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 5:46 PM
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I don't have friends like Tony either...glad I don't. And you say you wouldn't turn your back on him. i wouldn't either if I were you!
By Bub (1), Southampton on Nov 27, 09 8:31 PM
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did freind4life just refer to oddone as a "great man"? what exactly, friend4life, has oddone done in his lifetime that warrants such designation? i know all about who reister was, i find it insulting that you wish to characterize oddone as an equally positive member of society. this guy is a murderer, who destroyed a family, as well as putting an entire community through grief. why would i see oddone as a "great man"?

please enlighten me as to all of the wonderful things he has done ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 28, 09 5:11 AM
In Andy's defense .. the autopsy could show if there was an elevated blood / alcohol that would account for his poor judgement in handling the Tony situation .. if not .. then it appears to just be very poor judgement on Andy's part.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 27, 09 6:11 PM
How is that in "Andy's defense"? Are you putting the deceased on trial now? Pretty low of you. I'm sure if he had drank one drop one night, it would have come out. Oddone can't even blame alcohol for *his* actions, and he murdered someone. And here you are, trying to smear the victim's name. Your desperation is showing.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 6:18 PM
Andy is dead because he mishandled a situation.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 27, 09 7:44 PM
Does that make you feel powerful talking like that??
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 8:10 PM
Andrew Reister is dead because Anthony Oddone chose to kill him. He did not choose to go to the manager of the Publick House to complain about the employee who shoved him. He did not call the police to complain about being "assaulted". He did not stop to ask why ladies were permitted to dance on tables and men were not. He chose to choke a man to death, and he will pay for it. How smug will you feel then? ;)
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 8:20 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 8:29 PM
Can't say any of my friends have murdered anyone either. I happen to know plently who have been in bar fights, with worse done to them than a shove off a low "table". Nope- they didn't kill anyone either! How bout that? I guess you'd have to be a Bridge club member to understand it all. Makes you wonder what's "in it" for them, the two men footing all Oddone's legal fee's. They felt strongly about anonymity, yet the Post sure did "out" them.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 6:14 PM
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Maybe, but they're not in jail for murder. I guess that's the difference between us, and you and Oddone. You two don't know how to stay out of jail.

By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 27, 09 9:56 PM
I actually find it a bit refreshing to see such rich and successful people reaching out to a person in need. If they thought he was a dirtbag i highly doubt that they would have extended themselves they way they did.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Nov 28, 09 9:45 AM
There is absolutely nothing in this for the two guys helping tony... They are like the rest of us who know the type of person he is and know that this was a terrible tragedy. The members at the Bridge are some of the most successful people in the world and I promise they didnt get to where they are in life because they made bad investments. I know its hard for you guys to see and I cant blame you because if I was in you shoes I would say the same things that you are, but Oddone is a good kid who ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 27, 09 9:49 PM
REALLY??? What exactly would you call it then?????
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 27, 09 10:11 PM
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Well we'll take that statement exactly from where it comes! Stop humiliating the Reister family!!!!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 09 10:39 PM
Correction, freind4life, oddone was not "a good kid who was part of a terrible tragedy" he was the cause of the terrible tragedy. don't try to paint him as the victim.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 28, 09 5:14 AM
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what caused this was Andy's push
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 9:40 AM
Fix-it-now, I am wondering how you live with yourself. I find your comments the most repulsive ones here!!!!.

By the way, I know FIRST HAND there has been so much corruption at The Bridge over the last few years it doesn't surprise me that Oddone is one of their smart "investments"!?
By wondering (63), Southampton on Nov 28, 09 4:33 AM
Tony was just like any other young in their twentys. He had a 3.8 GPA in college and was the first person to help tutor any one of his friends when they needed help. He was a hard worker and was putting himself through college which we all know is not easy. He recieved the coaches award on his golf team which goes to not neccasarily the best golfer on the team but to the biggest team player. He would always set up trips to go to ball games with friends and fishing and camping trips with family. ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 28, 09 10:15 AM
Tony hasn't done anything outstanding. Those are average characteristics of most upright college kids.

The only outstanding thing he has done... albeit HORRIFICALLY outstanding...is murder Andrew Reister. That will definitely not look good on his resume!!

By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 28, 09 11:35 AM
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I dont really give a flying F about any of the "good things" about Tony-O... it doesnt matter and it's certainly not part of this case because he CHOSE NOT to take the stand and "defend" himself or his actions. If hanging onto a man around the neck until he collapses, and then once the two of the fall WITHOUT nice guy Tony lettting go, but yet, REPOSITIONING himself to get a BETTER GRIP and continues to hold on for another 2-3 minutes... AFTER PEOPLE yelled at him to let go and even shouted "You're ...more
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 28, 09 10:44 AM
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just wondering how much better it could all be if Andy had gone over to the DJ & had the music stopped, just wondering .. if then Andy would not HAVE TO GET PHYSICAL... cause that sure backfired ... just wondering if this incident can not but help to improve "Bouncer" mentality ... just wondering .....

accidental killing
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 11:19 AM
Why do wonder how Andrew's "Bouncer" mentality could have been improved? Why don't you wonder how Oddone's "Punk" mentality could have been improved?

And you know what... you can wonder til the cows come home...won't do you any good. So go fix something else...
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 28, 09 11:27 AM
You keep wondering there, mama Oddone. You MUST be his mother. Only a mother can be so blind and ignorant towards their child's faults. I guess ignorance hasn't gotten you anywhere, so you're resorting to cheap shots on the dead person and his children now? Because your child is a POS?
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 12:24 PM
Saying "f**k you" to the bar employee when told to step down off the table constitutes aggresion. A challenge. Too bad Andrew *didn't* assault him at that point, maybe he'd be alive today if he'd have given Oddone the asskicking he deserved, instead of a little shove.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 10:18 PM
LOL I disgrace nothing, as I don't believe Andrew was at fault, like you do. You have a problem with law enforcement though; we've already established that. Your issues are so deep rooted that you vehemently defend a murderer on this website each and every day. Smart readers will pick up on the fact that you don't care one bit about what happens to Anthony Oddone, you're just using his case as an outlet to express your "damn the man", "the criminal is the victim" mentality. Don't you know that the ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 11:58 AM
Andrew was working within the capacity of his job description. There was no need for him to call the cops. Oddone was not hurt. He was not fighting for his life. Deadly physical force is justifiable only when your life is in danger. HE should have called the cops if he felt he ws being wronged. I don't expect you to get that, because you are ignorant, and want to blame the corrections officer, because the big bad meanies were mean to you when you got locked up. Remove your own experiences from this ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 12:11 PM
Ha...if what I say here is so baseless, you wouldn't chase me around this message board trying to wah wah wah your point of view into exhaustion. I'm actually glad you think the way you do, INS. It's sure to catch up with you. Maybe some day you and Oddone will be cellmates, and you can have all the time in the world to tell each other just how "right" you are. Damn the man, and all that. =)
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 1:43 PM
Some posters seem to want a execution in the public square ......... .... but not really ...... cause they want him to suffer
Realize Tony bears this burden for the rest of his life & it is sad to think that some do not consider it
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 11:50 AM
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He "bears" nothing. He is arrogant, whiny, and without remorse. Even if he was (he wasn't) justified, he should at the very least feel bad that a person lost his life. He does not feel bad. I defy you to prove otherwise. The scary part is not that he won't pay, because he will. The scary part is that there are a handful of people who actually think the same way he does, who will be free amongst us.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 12:21 PM
Well why shouldn't Oddone bear this burden the rest of his life. If he has a conscience, he will !
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 28, 09 1:15 PM
Sorry it still doesn't compare to the burden the Reister family bears, not even close.
Why don't you start posting in Newsday instead, maybe you can get some "up island" support there!
By wondering (63), Southampton on Nov 28, 09 12:15 PM


ACCIDENTAL KILLING
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 12:34 PM
Fix it...suppose someone killed someone you loved? How would you feel toward that person?
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 28, 09 12:43 PM
Accident??? Let's let the judge and jury decide... they did, after all, hear ALL the testimony....murder 2.... Oddone knew EXACTLY what he was doing... if he was so "scared" and "defending himself", why didn't he take the stand and say so???? what is he hiding from??? What is he so scard of??? What does he not want us to know?? His past history perhaps?? His INTENTIONS? 25+ years in the slammer....not a day less
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 28, 09 12:57 PM
To Friendforlife: then what was his intention?? when he had him in a choke hold to the floor, what was his intention? Im just saying that you keep saying that. But you never tell us what exaclty his intention was when he ultimately took Reister's life. Could you clarify?? Was it to maim hime? Was it to render him unconcious? Was it to handicapp him? Please clear things up.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 28, 09 1:06 PM
They won't answer you. Fix-it and INS just keep spewing the same crap like broken records. When they feel their argument is drowning, they post something insulting towards the victim. Ignore them- judgement day for Oddone is almost here. I take solace in the fact that these ignorant, shameless supporters of a murderer will suffer too, when the hammer of justice comes down.

By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 1:22 PM
How eloquent you are this afternoon, Madame -- yes, judgement day IS coming, and Mr Oddone will soon know the measure of justice.

But it won't be for "Murder" no matter long you hold your breath and get red in the face. That charge -- the "intentionl" part -- simply isn't there.
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 28, 09 1:49 PM
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Agreed
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 1:58 PM
Do you know Oddone personally, or are you just shooting your mouth off to humor yourself??
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 28, 09 3:24 PM
Anonymous,

I believe Frank and fix-it are calmly focusing on the legal issue of "intent" which the jury must consider, and are offering the opinion that the prosecution will have a difficult time proving the requisite intent for a murder conviction. Lesser charges may be introduced on Tuesday, and a conviction on them would be more uncertain, due to varying states of mind required for convictions.

The poster below brings up a good point about Oddone releasing and re-establishing ...more
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 28, 09 4:00 PM
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I agree, Thank you.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 4:14 PM
You don't know that, Wheeler. You don't know what is or isn't there. If you shoved someone, and they in turn choked you to death for it, would you wish so hard for intent not to be there? Why don't you quit worrying about my eloquence and work on your cocky indifference instead. Thanks in advance.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 10:06 PM
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By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 30, 09 6:46 PM

Too much anger
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 30, 09 6:48 PM
A witness testified that little Tony bologna fell to the ground and then re-positioned his grip around Andrews neck and continued to choke him. If this little punk was scared for his life, he would have ran out the door and left as soon as Andrew was not a threat. His defense lawyer has changed directions several times during this trial. This is going to be a slam dunk GUILTY verdict. He should spend the next 25 years to life thinking about Andrews children growing up with no father. Tony's family ...more
By porter (17), shoreham on Nov 28, 09 2:19 PM
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Blood / Alcohol levels could be a big factor with the jury & if there is an appeal.
This happened around 1:00 AM Thursday, that Wednesday was "ladies night"
did they get in free, were their drinks 1/2 price, 2 for 1 -- out of that atmosphere is there reliable witness female or male.
I don't believe Tony's blood was taken. The autopsy should have Andy's.
That might be a technical appeal point.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 6:27 PM
Oddone' s blood was taken. He wasn't drunk. His attorney has made it a point to specifically state that he was not drunk. Roid rage due to watching too many UFC fights on t.v. would be my bet. He was taking mixed martial arts classes ("ooh I can do the choke hold!") Angry little boy is going DOWN. In more ways than one. ;)
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 28, 09 10:23 PM
He told the cops he was training in MMA. How do you feel?

You throw around the word clueless quite a bit, yet you really have no idea just how clueless you are. You are uninvolved with anyone in this case, you are here for your own twisted benefit. Wake up and realize that most of us here know more than we're willing to post, and you sir, know nothing in comparison. You know hate. I feel sorry for you, yet as I said before, it is sure to catch up with you.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 2:14 PM
He never had MMA training nor military training. He never told that to the cos either. Remember the seven seconds of missing footage during which he is said to have told this to the cops.....another cover up! Never happened!
By FOTO (36), Lake Grove on Nov 29, 09 5:34 PM
Typical of what goes on out here -- look at Kabot with the missing footage from the West Hampton Beach PD's tape of her arrest.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 7:06 PM
I was there. it is a tragedy that never should have happened. these cowboy above the law types that think they can do what ever want when where and to who the want just because they have badge jobs has to stop. If you are old out of shape and have a full time job and a family, what the heck are you doing moonlighting at a bar? is your job for life with pension and benefits for life not enough for you. now you have ruined your family and other lives because you're a tough guy. its a wake up call ...more
By username1 (32), bay shore on Nov 28, 09 6:35 PM
Well said.

Mr. Reister must have been getting at least 75k a year with full benefits working at the county lockup. Why would one want to risk all that and a family for probably 100 bucks a night dealing with beligerent drunks at a bar? Id rather make that extra money doing something else so i could be at home with my family every night,

Isnt it also against policy for a correction officer to also work as a bouncer or other authority figure?
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Nov 28, 09 9:58 PM
To all of you who are saying that tony doesnt care about what he has done and has no remorse are you kidding?

Tony didnt take the stand not because he is wrong, but because that was the advise of his attorney who is one of the best at what she does.

No matter what he says or does for the rest of his life, you will still call him and animal and say he isnt remorseful, so why would you want him to.

I have visited and talked with tony many nights since that terrible accident ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 28, 09 7:01 PM
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOICE OF REASON.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 28, 09 7:49 PM
Yes, I was in the courtroom to see the photos and as you know it is a small courtroom so without actually looking aorund, you can see those surrounding you and my observations were that nobody was visibly upset. You in your own words said that just because there are no tears does not mean there is no pain! This is very true and the same is applied to Tony. Just because you ddin't see tears in the courtroom does nto mean there is no pain. There is. And not for just himself but for the Reister family. ...more
By FOTO (36), Lake Grove on Nov 28, 09 9:00 PM
FRIENDFORLIFE: did you ignore my question on purpose or you just didnt see it? I asked since you constantly state that Tony did not intend to kill Reister then please- this is your chance to clear the air- what exactly DID he intend to do? Maim him? Handicap him? Render him unconcious? If youre so SURE that he didnt intend to kill him then you should answer the question since you claim you seem to know the answer. I am simply asking a question. And I wish we would ALL please stop using the word ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 28, 09 9:53 PM
It makes me ill reading all of these ridiculous comments. I dont know why I even waste my time. Justice will be served, Life isnt enough time for Oddone. At least he will still have a Life. This man had NO regard for Andrews life, let alone any other human life. If you saw poor Andrew hooked up to machines and fighting for his life, you would not be any where near Oddones side. Those are images I cant get out of my mind, I couldnt imagine the hatred his family has for that piece of "poop". If justice ...more
By ET66 (12), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 29, 09 12:09 AM
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Amen.

Isn't it ironic, how soon Anthony Oddone will be wishing the Correction Officers around him were more like Andrew Reister. Have fun upstate kid.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 12:03 PM
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Dear ET66,
We missed seeing you in church this morning, hope you're feeling better.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 12:14 PM
To all of Tony's up-island friends.

You guys simply don't get it. We are a small tight-knit communty, not just a vacation spot for you to come and raise hell in over the summertime. Where you see just another bar fight "with a tragic twist" we have lost one of our own, and not just one of our own, but one of our best. We, as a community, lean on one another through difficult times, such as this one.

To hear you guys question Andy's character, and to listen to you call Oddone ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 29, 09 2:28 AM
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VERY well said!!!!
By wondering (63), Southampton on Nov 29, 09 3:36 AM
quick there is still time to get the torches. lets storm the castle and kill the monster. that was a close knit community too. pathetic.
By username1 (32), bay shore on Nov 29, 09 9:32 AM
I was merely suggesting that if you insist on dancing on our friends' grave, perhaps you wouldn't mind doing so in a venue not intended to throw it in the faces of Andy's loved ones. I was suggesting such not as an insult, but out of sympathy for the victims loved ones. Why is this pathetic?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 30, 09 12:52 AM
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friend4life: they can not hear you ----- at this point they are not even capable of healing themselves ---- unfortunately they are still in the streets with their torches
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 9:32 AM
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I'll be the one with the torch and the smile, when the verdict comes down. See you tomorrow. =)
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 12:13 PM
and the rest of your crew will be armed with pitch forks & scythes
that seems about right.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 1:41 PM
Boo hoo. I guess you'll have to try real hard not to choke anyone to death, seeing you're so afraid of pitchforks.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 1:47 PM
maryb123 --- actually I think I'd be more afraid of you with matches (torch) or any young child with your limited reasoning that also had matches in their possession
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 2:24 PM
Of course you won't (can't) articulate your statement. Probably because you don't actually feel that way. You just like to play the victim.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Nov 29, 09 2:48 PM
Maryb123, please don't waste your energy on them, they'll never get it- you have to live here to understand that when something happens to one person it happens to our whole community.

You're obviously close to Stacey and family, you write well please think about spending your time writing memories of Andrew for David and Mary Grace. It would be time well spent, don't give these "friends" of Tony's anymore of your time, they're just not worth it.

Justice will prevail.

By wondering (63), Southampton on Nov 29, 09 6:17 PM
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In considering the intent of Tony after he was assaulted, Tony had no way of knowing if Andy was in the process of getting a baseball bat or bottle from the bar to continue the assault. Once they were on the floor, with not exactly sober people pulling, pushing & screaming (as some do with their comment hysterics) ,trying to drag Tony by his legs while he is hanging onto Andy for dear life must have worked wonders on Andy's neck. This maybe looked at as not being as reckless as some have portrayed.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 8:07 PM
Welcome to the Publick House, Alice and Toto.

Now you know why the past happened. It is reflected here in the comments above.

Full Moon is early Wednesday morning.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Nov 29, 09 9:09 PM
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All Tony had to do was get off the table and we would not be having this debate. Keep trying to justify the behavior of a man who acted like an animal. The bottom line is Tony got his manhood slapped in front of a pretty girl. He was going to show Andrew just how tough he was in front of this pretty girl on the table. Keep shooting down the character of a family man (who is now deceased and cant give you his version of the story) who was working two jobs to take his kids to Disney.
By porter (17), shoreham on Nov 29, 09 9:12 PM
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Perhaps it was Andy's manhood that was slapped first by Tony's swearing at him in front of the pretty girl & any one else who could hear it in his bar. Andy was there to keep the peace, to defuse situations, not create them. You do not push customers off tables. Andy made a mistake..The character of a family man is not being shot down, this is just one brief instance in his short life.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 29, 09 11:48 PM
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Bottom line-Tony's going upstate for 25 years
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 29, 09 9:36 PM
How are we expected to believe that a murderer is remorseful and sympathetic for the victims family, while his friends go out of their way to drag the victim and his loved ones through the mud? Have you no morals, or are they just put aside due to your blind devotion to your friend? What an absolutely disgusting breed you all are.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 30, 09 1:39 AM
I do not know Andy or Tony. This forum is not for trying to pitch family against family. Though some of the cackling comments suggest the need for professional help. In the grieving process it is all to easy to get stuck at the anger / hostile reaction stage. We would all do better not to set ourselves up for disappointment ----murder --- may be a stretch. At some point Tony is going to wish he was along side Andy, if he hasn't already.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 30, 09 1:05 PM
Not a lot of thought and reason going on in this Comment thread -- it's all emotion.

Give it a rest here and take it to Oprah!
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 30, 09 9:52 AM
This isn't some sort of drama for u to follow on TV Frank. A good man was choked for over two minutes and people like u and others wish to trivialize it by getting under peoples skin (grieving family members) and others wish to disparage this good man that died. Tony will be going upstate for many years and all the up the islanders on this board can say they know a murderer and they will be secretly proud of this.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Nov 30, 09 10:23 AM
Thank you, HB 4 Life, for underscoring my point so inelegantly.

Probably a good idea for you to stick to texting and Tweets.
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 30, 09 11:46 AM
Wow...All of Mr. Oddones friends are forgetting his past run ins with the law due to his aggressive behavior. Was the incident up in Cobelskill out of character as well? Your friend murdered someone. People are not going to view him as anything more than the lowest kind of person especially members of the community where is victim grew up. Which is it? Did he opt not to take the stand or did his attorney advise him not to. There are two different stories out there. Why not take the stand in his ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Nov 30, 09 12:00 PM
It was never my intent to downplay the loss the Reister family is dealing with bc i have no doubt that Mr. Riester was a great man.

I also never said anything to insult his family and dishonor him, I am not that type of person.

I was just on here to shed some light as to the type of person Tony is, which is useless because you all have your mind made up on who he is.

I wonder how some of you would feel if you had a son that was kind, smart, athletic, and had everything ...more
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Nov 30, 09 1:10 PM
Please stop referring to this incident as an accident. When you put someone in a chokehold for that long you are trying to hurt them. Death being the extreme result of doing so, unusual--but everyone knows it is a possibilty. Tony's intent was to hurt Andy, and he did. It is not as if Mr. Oddone was driving his car and Andy wandered out in front of it-- THAT would be an accident, and a forgivable one at that. You speak as if this would have happened with ANYBODY that was dancing on that table, ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Dec 1, 09 1:43 AM
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here's the thing. there is no possible way that any jury will find any person guilty of intending to murder someone based on the weak case presented. the prosecution witnesses were expanding on distorted and different opinions. one witness, or witless in this case stated under oath that everyone knows who he is while identifying Tony. when asked how he knew him he stated he saw his picture in the paper... the fact that the DA elected to even go for murder in this accidental death case is another ...more
By username1 (32), bay shore on Nov 30, 09 5:04 PM
To username1:

He won't walk. Reasonable doubt has been raised to the crime of murder but he will be found guilty of some crime. The prosecution will request that the jury be allowed to consider lesser charges all the way don to negligent homicide. My guess is that the jury will find for Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

[Section 125.15 Manslaughter in the second degree

A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when:

1. He recklessly causes ...more
By highhatsize (3700), East Quogue on Dec 1, 09 1:04 PM
Ooops!

As I was posting the above, the Southampton Press published an article saying that the prosecution had requested that the jury be allowed to consider Manslaughter in the First Degree and Criminally Negligent Homicide. No mention of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree. At a guess, the prosecution may think that Man 2 would be too cheap for the crime and is giving the jury a choice between a fairly significant penalty, (Man 1), and virtually nothing, (negligent homicide). Or the report ...more
By highhatsize (3700), East Quogue on Dec 1, 09 1:12 PM
Actually HHS I think the report says that both attorneys rejected the MS II charge. A little posturing going on similar to your suggestion.
By PBR (4877), Southampton on Dec 1, 09 5:53 PM
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