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Nov 11, 2009 3:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Oddone trial nears second month of testimony

Nov 11, 2009 3:26 PM

As the murder trial of Anthony Oddone wraps up a first month of testimony, and likely nears the end of the prosecution’s case against the 26-year-old golf caddy accused of choking an off-duty prison guard to death in a Southampton Village bar last year, a deputy Suffolk County Medical Examiner took the stand late on Tuesday afternoon to detail the injuries that killed Andrew Reister.

Dr. James Wilson, who conducted an autopsy on the body of the Hampton Bays man the day after Mr. Reister’s death, and three days after he was brought to Southampton Hospital without a pulse early on the morning of August 7, 2008, said that his initial observations of Mr. Reister’s body revealed signs of the events that caused his death. While there was not much in the way of scrapes or bruises on his neck from the chokehold Mr. Oddone held him in until well after he had fallen unconscious, Dr. Wilson said, hemorrhaging around Mr. Reister’s eyes showed that he had suffered from an acute decrease in oxygen.

Dr. Wilson told Assistant District Attorney Denise Merrifield that with the understanding that Mr. Reister had been choked, he had ordered that the eyes and heart of the 40-year-old father of two be left intact in his body, even though Mr. Reister’s family had decided to donate his organs, because they would be the keys to detailing his death.

The jury was shown a series of photographs, closeups of Mr. Reister’s face and body during the autopsy, with a warning from Judge C. Randall Hinrichs that the images were “grim and unpleasant” but that they should view them unemotionally. Ms. Merrifield spent much of the afternoon arguing to Judge Hinrichs, without the jury in the courtroom, why the photos were important to her case, over the objections of Mr. Oddone’s defense attorney, Sarita Kedia, who countered that the photos of the dead man could unfairly prejudice the jury. The judge sided with the prosecution and allowed all but one of the 10 photos and diagrams to be shown to the jury.

The first photo showed a closeup of Mr. Reister’s right eye, partially open, the blue iris visible. The skin of the eyelid and eye socket was flecked with red dots—burst blood vessels below the skin surface. Other photos showed bruises on Mr. Reister’s forehead, nose and legs.

Dr. Wilson is due to return to the witness stand when the trial resumes on Thursday, November 12, after a recess for Veterans Day, and his testimony will likely close out this week, the fourth week since opening arguments in the case. Speculation in the courtroom audience has been that Mr. Wilson will be one of the prosecution’s last witnesses. More than 20 witnesses have testified thus far.

On Monday, Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Company Chief Keith Phillips testified that when he arrived at the Publick House at 1:19 a.m., he found an unconscious Mr. Reister being given CPR by an off-duty Southampton Town Police officer and a patron of the bar. He testified that Mr. Reister had a very weak pulse for about two minutes and then went into cardiac arrest. His heartbeat was not restored until the ambulance arrived at Southampton Hospital, nearly 20 minutes later, but Chief Phillips said his brain was not without oxygen during that time because of the chest compressions and oxygen he and the others assisting him provided.

On Thursday afternoon, November 5, Mr. Reister’s widow, Stacey, wept and walked out of the Riverhead courtroom when the song that had been playing in the bar when the fatal fight between her husband and a patron broke out was played for the jury. Mr. Reister’s parents had left the courtroom just before the song started.

Paul Fallo, the man who had been the DJ in the Southampton Publick House on the night of the incident testified that he had put the song “Calabria” by the techno group Enur on the stereo and then stepped out from behind his corner booth and left the room just as one of the bouncers approached a table with a man and a woman dancing on it. The DJ told the jury he saw the bouncer, Andrew Reister, motion to the people dancing on the table to get down just before he left the room to talk to the bar’s manager to find out how much longer he was to keep the music going. But as the 6-minute-30-second song played, unbeknownst to Mr. Fallo, a struggle ensued inside the bar between Mr. Reister and Mr. Oddone, who had been dancing on the low cocktail tables in the bar’s lounge.

Minutes later, as Mr. Fallo was coming back into the barroom, a man rushed past him and out a side door. “He was moving very quickly, running I would say,” Mr. Fallo, 32, told the jury. “I had seen him dancing on the table.”

As the thumping bass of the dance song played through a computer’s speakers in the courtroom, Ms. Merrifield asked Mr. Fallow to identify the points in the song when he left the room and when he returned—to find Mr. Reister unconscious on the floor, with another security man and several patrons huddled around him—giving the jury a timeline for how long Mr. Oddone had choked Mr. Reister before fleeing.

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To all you friends of Big Tony~~I just can't help but wonder, does he feel any remorse? Does he feel for the two little kids that don't have a father anymore? Does he feel for Andrew's wife having to raise those kids alone? Does he wonder how Andrew's mother feels, after all Big Tone's mother gets to see him all the time now.

And during the upcoming Holiday season, when your buddy is feeling sorry for himself in his jail cell, tell him for me... GET OVER IT. Tell him to think of Mary ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 11, 09 4:57 PM
Hit the "Like" button by mistake!

Don't "Like" at all, for whatever it's worth -- just so some one can make a clever comment.

I understand the anger at Oddone, but I don't understand why so many are directing anger at members of the club who know Oddone, for contributing to a fund for his defense. It's America, folks! And it's private money, not taxpayer money. (As in Legal Aid.)

There's a great deal of emotional and irrational comments here, most all by anonyous visitors. ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 13, 09 12:52 PM
I'll tell him...when he beats the rap...ends up doing a couple years on a manslaughter charge...and becomes employed at the golf club making more money than all of us combined....
By italianstallion (10), somers on Nov 12, 09 9:42 AM
i doubt he will be very welcome anywhere around here...

word of mouth about that golf club will shut them out of business anyways...

Personally i tell everyone i know what scumbags the golf club are and they all reply that they will never go there again, or will tell others never to go there either.

Good luck trying to get your buddy off with that attitude, you are just making him more enemies with your taunts.

Just read italian stallions post above and you can ...more
By year round (22), southampton on Nov 12, 09 3:08 PM
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I doubt this case will have any impact on the membership of The Bridge. People put up more than what your house is probably worth to become a member there. The members are there to do business, golf, look cool, act snobby to the help and thats all...they definitely do not care about this trial.

In fact. I worked at a private golf club myself for a number of years (i wont say which one, it wasnt the bridge). I was there there the morning of 9/11 and the members were all storming around demanding ...more
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Nov 12, 09 7:52 PM
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are you privy to the Reisters checkbook?? as a family friend I can tell you the Bridge and it's members did nothing for the Reister family....you certainly know alot about nothing....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 13, 09 5:55 AM

I happen to know Bridge members, quite a few prominent ones that expressed disgust with the above stated funding. But i know that they will not be affected by my words one bit. and i am not ignorant, just angry. But i am trying to look at it from others point of view even Oddones. I think i should not keep up on this story becuase it is too emotional.

As for scumbags, yes that was a harsh word, and not all members of the Bridge are scumbags. So i am sorry for insulting people who ...more
By year round (22), southampton on Nov 13, 09 11:48 AM
Right. i know. and btw i have no house, and nothing to lose. I don't care about the members and there high horse. They would never set foot where i live and if they did they would be way out of there element and very vulnerable, so we all have weaknesses.

Yes i Regret calling them scumbags, that i learned from INS.
and once again i apologize to all the 27east members that read my angry garbage that i posted and can't edit. i will try to only post positive helpful things from now on.

Faceless ...more
By year round (22), southampton on Nov 13, 09 12:02 PM
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By italianstallion (10), somers on Nov 13, 09 4:11 PM
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By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Nov 13, 09 5:53 AM
Hey Italian stallion. I can't wait when you forget about your friend because 20 years down the road he is still rotting away in prison. By the way I used to be caddy at shinnecock and also worked at the club too. He's not making that much money what 30 40k thats alot. hahaha. He was a caddy not a doctor. He drags rich people's golf bags around a golf course.
By poools81 (10), hampton bays on Nov 15, 09 8:33 PM
Anger poisons.

Both here and in the Publick House.

Think about it.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 15, 09 8:50 PM
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I am not saying any taunts there year round...I am just saying he is not going to be getting life in prison, this was an accident. I have a great attitude, the only thing that brings down my attitude is the fact that no one on this blog is saying what they know and feel about bouncers. Everyone on this page knows they are scum bags, and have to be scum bags to properly conduct there job...
If the victim did what he was supposed to do in this situation, which has been both agreed upon by the ...more
By italianstallion (10), somers on Nov 16, 09 3:50 PM
Excuse me, but Andrew was not a scumbag by any stretch of the imagination~
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Nov 16, 09 5:45 PM
i don't believe that BOTH parties are capable of living their lives, jackass, due to the fact that your friend is an animal.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 17, 09 5:06 PM
pools....caddys in lower westchester make 100 bag...and most of them carry four a day..who knows what tips they are getting on top of that...I am sure caddys out in the hamptons are making more that that..no?

and that doesnt matter....when he gets out of jail... the club will take care of him...or at least the members will... I mean look what they have done for him so far....they obviously liked him
By italianstallion (10), somers on Nov 16, 09 4:06 PM
By poools81 (10), hampton bays on Nov 17, 09 3:39 PM
well....that was just a summer job...I bet he becomes in management of the club one day down the road....GM's make anywhere from 150k-250k...but none of this matters...GM...Caddy...or ditch digger... those members will take care of him
By italianstallion (10), somers on Nov 17, 09 4:40 PM
Are you actively going out of your way to spit on the people who were close to andy? Why would you even post such garbage, are you really that venomous? Your friend killed ours, isn't that enough suffering for our community? Now we have to listen to you spew this arrogance about how he'll walk, and his life will be just peachy. Whether you think this or not, don't you think that maybe you should keep it to yourself?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Nov 17, 09 5:31 PM
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well said... your absolutley right... i just dont like gang ups which was happening on this blog which is understandable...and i got mad when my first ever post on here was taken off....all i was talking about what the logistics of case from what i saw the first day at the trial....and I mean no disrespect to the victims family...and your right i shouldn't have gloated with my predictions
By italianstallion (10), north salem on Nov 18, 09 12:11 AM