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June 25, 2013

Depetris opposes combining attempted murder and hit man cases

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"There are some sensitive issues in this matter," Farkas said, "and I think we will them confined to the four walls of this courtroom."

Key did signal to the judge that he may seek to have some pre-trial proceedings in the case conducted in private. The judge told him he will have to justify why the public should be kept out of court during those proceedings.

"I need more than, '(Depetris) wants to testify in one case, but not the other.' to trigger an in-camera (private) hearing," Farkas said.

Depetris has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of criminal solicitation in connection with his attempt to hire a hitman, while he was jailed, to kill his brother-in-law and a witness.

He has 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 and former business partner 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.

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