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Feb 14, 2013 2:51 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Montauk Man Pleads Not Guilty In Amagansett Hit And Run

Feb 16, 2013 12:48 PM

UPDATE: Saturday, noon

Edward L. Orr, 30, pleaded not guilty in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Friday to three counts in connection with the hit-and-run death of John Judge, 61, in Amagansett last October. Judge William Condon set cash bail at $250,000 at Mr. Orr’s arraignment in Riverhead on Friday. He did not post bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, and was returned to jail, where he has been held since an arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on February 8.

A grand jury indicted Mr. Orr on February 13 of one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it, one felony count of tampering with physical evidence and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. East Hampton Town Police had arrested him on the first count on February 7 after linking his vehicle to the fatality through forensic evidence, they said.

Mr. Orr is being represented by Gordon Ryan, an attorney with a practice in Montauk, according to the D.A.’s office and online court records, which indicate that the next court date is a conference scheduled for March 20.

Original Story:

The man who prosecutors say struck and killed an Amagansett man with his vehicle in October before fleeing the scene is facing new charges.

Edward L. Orr of Montauk was indicted on Wednesday in Suffolk County Criminal Court on two added counts—of tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor—in addition to the felony count of leaving the scene of an accident on which he had been arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Friday.

He is scheduled to be arraigned before Judge William Condon in County Criminal Court on Friday, February 15, according to online records for the New York State court system.

After an investigation that stretched more than three months, Mr. Orr, 30, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on February 7 in connection with the hit-and-run death of John Judge, 61, of Amagansett on Amagansett’s Main Street on October 23. According to Town Police, evidence recovered at the scene linked Mr. Orr’s vehicle to the fatality. Mr. Orr was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside on Friday after failing to post $250,000 bail.

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Excellent work by EHT PD detectives and all other agencies. As reported elsewhere the details of the investigation are impressive. Well done!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 14, 13 5:08 PM
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not guilty ... be a man for once in your life
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Feb 16, 13 2:41 PM
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Not the way our justice system is set up.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Feb 16, 13 6:51 PM
How do you call that NOT GUILTY??!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Feb 16, 13 9:51 PM
The law is at times like a common bathrobe: "One size fits all".

The fortunate, and at times unfortunate reasons we have the system we do is to separate the "Grey", from the "black and white".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 18, 13 9:44 PM