Niagara Gazette

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June 5, 2013

No bail in business rival shooting case

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls man accused of trying to gun down his brother-in-law and business rival will spend some more time behind bars after being denied bail for a second time.

Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Timothy Depetris will remain “remanded” to the Niagara County jail after prosecutors said they feared the son of the founder of Electrodyn Choke Corp. would “try to convert his assets,” estimated in the millions of dollars, and flee. 

However, Depetris’ defense attorney says his client would have to struggle to raise a $50,000 bail that was originally set when he was first arrested and charged with attempted murder and almost a dozen weapons and related charges.

“He is currently going through a divorce and his assets are frozen,” Earl Key said. “He has no prior criminal record and these are only allegations.”

Depetris has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal trespass.

He is accused of trying to gun down his brother-in-law and former business partner in the doorway of the victim’s new business in the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard early in the morning of March 26. The 56-year-old victim was shot in the upper chest, near his shoulder.

At the time, investigators said the shooting was clearly “an attempted murder.”

“(Depetris) stalked (the victim) at his home, he went to his former brother-in-law’s business and shot him in the chest, then went to two windows and fired at him again,” First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann said. “All because of a business deal (Depetris) felt went badly.”

Police said the victim was able to call for help on his own and was rushed to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The victim was treated at ECMC and later released.

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