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Dec 17, 2009 11:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Oddone jurors describe deliberations

Dec 17, 2009 11:27 AM

The verdict in the marathon murder trial of Anthony Oddone on Monday evening brought an end to one of the longest criminal trial deliberations by a Suffolk County jury that many in the Arthur M. Cromarty Court Complex in Riverhead could remember.

According to members of the jury who spoke after rendering a verdict, the secreted discussions were often heated and stressful, but were mostly productive throughout the long process. The panel of seven men and five women spent the better part of nine days deliberating the guilt of Mr. Oddone, who was accused of killing Andrew Reister of Hampton Bays in August 2008. And they apparently waged some very impassioned battles in the jury room.

“It was a good amount of arguing pretty much the entire time, back and forth,” juror Ulysses Kitovas said this week. “There were times when people were screaming at each other. It was definitely a stressful situation.”

Another of the jurors, Stephen Garvey, said following the announcement of the verdict on Monday that the jury members had set aside the most serious charge, murder in the second degree, early in their deliberations, then battled over the first-degree manslaughter charge for more than a week. He said that by late last week, it was the “not guilty” vote of a single juror that held up a verdict.

The hold-out juror, a middle-aged woman who would not give her name, declined to speak with a reporter after the verdict.

Read the entire article in the print edition of The Press this week, including:• What specific evidence one juror heard that swung his vote from “not guilty” to “guilty” on the manslaughter charge.• What some jurors would have liked to have heard from the defense in the case, but did not.• How the jury voted at various points of deliberation.• What the prosecuting attorney told jury members after they were dismissed.

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