Suspect gets to clean up after lawyer's complaint
The Farmingville man accused of strangling a correction officer moonlighting as a bouncer at a Southampton bar began his day in court Tuesday unshaven and in a sweatshirt, but swiftly received a quick shave and upgrade in attire after his attorney protested.
Anthony Oddone, 26, charged with second-degree murder in the August 2008 death of Andrew Reister, 40, of Hampton Bays, at the Southampton Publick House, has been jailed at Rikers Island since his arraignment - instead of the Suffolk County jail, where Reister worked before his death.
Oddone, who had worn a shirt and tie to previous pretrial hearings, initially showed up Tuesday unshaven and in casual attire. After the lunch break, he returned to court wearing a blue shirt and matching tie and khaki slacks. His face was clean-shaven.
"This is exactly the type of treatment I had hoped to avoid so that Mr. Oddone could have a fair trial," Kedia said in court, referring to her client's attire and the move to Nassau.
Kedia said her client's legal materials, including notes he was taking during the jury selection process, also remained at Rikers. She said if she believes those materials were rifled through, she will seek a hearing.
Suffolk County Judge C. Randall Hinrichs noted that Oddone had been "neatly attired" during other court appearances and said he would find out why his clothes had remained at Rikers.
Hinrichs said Oddone would be housed at the Nassau jail during his trial, for which two more alternate jurors still must be selected. He will be transported to Riverhead either by New York City officers or Nassau officers "to avoid any appearance of impropriety," Hinrichs said.
Opening statements in the trial could come as early as this afternoon.
At the arraignment last year, scores of Suffolk correction officers attended court proceedings in support of Reister's widow.
Outside the courtroom, Kedia said she had asked the judge to bar uniformed correction officers from being in the audience, a request Hinrichs told her he would monitor. No correction officers attended Tuesday's proceeding.