Niagara Gazette

Local News

June 25, 2013

Depetris opposes combining attempted murder and hit man cases

(Continued)

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.

Prosecutors had previously asked the judge not to set bail in the case because they feared Depetris would try to convert his assets,” estimated in the millions of dollars, and flee.

Key maintains Depetris does not have access to "millions of dollars."

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

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 day later, police stopped Depetris as he was driving through the city and found what one investigator called an “arsenal” inside his car.

Detectives said Depetris had a loaded semi-automatic 9-mm Baretta handgun in a holster around his neck and under his shirt at the time he was stopped. Police also recovered a fully automatic rifle and multiple, loaded ammunition clips in the back seat of the car.

At the time of his arrest, Depetris was reportedly living, without charge, in a penthouse at Seneca Niagara Casino. Sources have said over the course of the last year, Depetris had “gambled away over a million dollars” at the casino.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results