Posted at: 08/08/2013 9:26 AM
| Updated at: 08/09/2013 10:23 AM
By: Steve Flamisch
File / WNYT
TROY -- The Schaghticoke man accused of murdering his mother and step-father last month was extradited from Massachusetts on Thursday, and arraigned on a four-count indictment in Rensselaer County Court.
Anthony Repp, 22, was charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, and one count of second degree burglary. His public defender entered a not guilty plea on Repp's behalf.
"Obviously it's a very serious case," Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally said. "Two people lost their lives. Mr. Repp faces life in prison without parole (if convicted)."
Repp allegedly used "a rock or rocks" to bludgeon his mother, Cynthia Matala, and his step-father, Michael Matala, at their Schaghticoke home on July 4, McNally said. Michael Matala died that day. Cynthia Matala died the next day.
After the attack, Repp allegedly broke into a nearby home before hopping a freight train to Massachusetts, McNally said. He was arrested by police in the Town of Deerfield.
In a deposition the prosecution wants to introduce as evidence, Deerfield Police Officer Mark Puchalski described his conversation with Repp.
"Repp stated that he was afraid of going to jail," Puchalski wrote. "I asked Repp if he had warrants for him and he responded yes. I asked if they were out of New York. Repp said yes. I asked what the warrants were for which he stated murder."
The prosecution will also seek to introduce a videotaped interrogation of Repp.
Public defender Greg Cholakis, who was assigned to the case just minutes before the arraignment, said he was not sure whether he or another attorney in his office would represent Repp. He said, regardless of who takes the case, Repp would be well defended.
"There is a four-count indictment alleging very serious offenses," Cholakis said. "We are going to take them very seriously, and he's going to get his due. The case is going to get the attention it deserves."
Judge Andrew Ceresia adjourned the case for 45 days, giving the defense time to file motions. He sent Repp to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail though he noted Repp may file a written application asking that bail be set.
The first degree murder charge stems from the allegation that Repp killed two people in the "same criminal transaction." The first count of second degree murder is specific to Michael Matala. The second count is specific to Cynthia Matala. The second degree burglary charge stems from a break-in at a home on Buttermilk Falls Rd.
Repp did not waive extradition proceedings when he was arrested last month, forcing the district attorney to obtain a governor's warrant to bring him back to New York from Massachusetts. Troopers first processed Repp at the State Police barracks in Brunswick before transporting him to the courthouse to be arraigned.
Repp, dressed in a yellow jumpsuit, was cuffed at the wrists and chained at the ankles. He kept his eyes closed outside the barracks and inside the courtroom, though it was unclear why. Cholakis, the public defender, said Repp did open his eyes during their conversation.
Asked by a reporter whether he had killed his mother and step-father, Repp remained silent.
Authroities have not publicly commented on the motive for the killings.