2012-05-03 / Front Page

Deliberations continue in DiPippo case

Jurors hear read-backs of testimony
Eric Gross

The jury hearing the retrial of convicted murderer Anthony DiPippo continues its deliberations Wednesday in Putnam County Court.

A jury of nine men and three women began deliberating late Monday afternoon, after summations were presented by Putnam Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher York and defense counsel Jonathan Edelstein. The panel was sequestered overnight at a nearby hotel and, following seven hours of deliberations Tuesday, were again taken under heavy police guard to the undisclosed hotel at 5 p.m. They dined and were sequestered for a second night.

Judge Barry Warhit, who presided over the two-week trial, received several requests for read-backs of testimony Tuesday, which were done by the court stenographer.

DiPippo, 36, was granted a new trial last year when a New York State appeals court ruled that his attorney during the first trial had a conflict of interest.

DiPippo and co-defendant Andrew Krivac, 34, were found guilty in 1997 of raping and murdering Josette Wright on the night of Oct. 3, 1994.

DiPippo has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings, testifying last week that he did not harm the petite girl.

Edelstein told the jury that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, while York's final comments to the jury centered around many of the defense witnesses being convicted or admitted drug users. Among the prosecution’s witnesses was an eyewitness to the attack.










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