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October 16, 2013

Depetris case continues

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Niagara Gazette — He had been jailed, without bail, since his arraignment on May 15 on 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 in connection with the shooting of his brother-in-law in the early morning hours of March 26.

Depetris, the son of the founder of Electrodyn Choke Corp., is accused of shooting his brother-in-law in the doorway of the victim’s new business in the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. The 56-year-old victim, who had gone to the door for a pizza delivery, was shot in the upper chest, near his shoulder.

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

In addition to looking for a hit man to kill his brother-in-law, Depetris reportedly was also seeking to kill a pizza deliveryman who was with him at the time of the shooting and has since cooperated with police and prosecutors. Investigators have said the pizza deliveryman lured the victim to the doorway.

Prosecutors have turned over two CDs to Depetris' defense team which reportedly contain conversations Depetris had while looking for a hit man at the Niagara County Jail.

Farkas ordered Depetris held in "isolation" at the jail after the hitman plot surfaced.

Hoffmann had previously told Farkas that Depetris had "stalked" the victim at his home, before shooting him and repeatedly firing at him inside his business.

“All because of a business deal (Depetris) felt went badly," Hoffmann said.

The victim reportedly pointed investigators to Depetris as a suspect almost immediately after the shooting. A few days later, police stopped Depetris as he was driving through the city and found what one investigator called an “arsenal” inside his car.

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