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Mar 17, 2010 12:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court tosses out guilty plea from 2003 murder in Water Mill

Mar 17, 2010 12:38 PM

“I don’t know who shot me or who had the gun,” he said in 2004. “What I do know is that I’ve never had a weapon and I never killed anyone.”

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I assume that since the guilty plea has been thrown out, he can still be tried for this crime. Is that correct? Double Jeopardy shouldn't apply because he wasn't tried the first time around.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Mar 16, 10 9:34 PM
yes. if you read the article it says "The vacating of the conviction means the case will now return to the Suffolk County Criminal Court system where it had been on the verge of trial. Jury selection was scheduled to begin on the day the plea was reached. The case will be on the calendar of Judge C. Randall Hinrichs this time around, and neither Mr. O’Brien nor Mr. Kamen said he expected to represent Mr. Santiago."

By fishy (92), East Hampton on Mar 17, 10 2:54 PM
and is mr. kuchtuk still operating a drug house in my neighborhood?????
By rabbit (65), watermill on Mar 18, 10 8:58 AM

look on the "white pages" on-line site;
there is a listing by that name;
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Mar 18, 10 10:51 AM
As the two were there in the commision of a felony, both are equally guilty of the killing and the shooting of the other resident.

And Allan, you've got to stop. This idiocy will kill you. Just stop, and help clean up the neighborhood.
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Mar 18, 10 6:40 PM
Here we go again.

For the appellate court to reverse a criminal conviction is a rare event IMO.

Add in the DEFENSE counsel:

"Suffolk County District Attorney Henry O’Brien, said this week that he did not think Judge Weber had been coercive in anyway,"

and you have a prescription for a strange situation IMO.

You can't make this stuff up!

Defense counsel says all is OK and the appellate court reverses -- very rare.

Maybe it is the ground ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 18, 10 6:54 PM
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By rabbit (65), watermill on Mar 19, 10 9:05 AM
i am curious....what was inappropriate about my content?
By rabbit (65), watermill on Mar 22, 10 8:06 AM