Amityville community on edge after four suspects released in body parts case

The charges are non-violent offenses and do not qualify for bail under New York’s bail reform law.

Kevin Vesey

Mar 7, 2024, 2:02 AM

Updated 39 days ago

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Amityville residents say they’re concerned for their safety after four suspects were let out of jail in connection with the dismembered bodies case.
The four suspects live at a home on Railroad Avenue in Amityville, which was searched extensively by police.
None of the four were charged with murder. The charges include hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse.
The charges are non-violent offenses and do not qualify for bail under New York’s bail reform law. Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney blamed the controversial law for the suspects’ release, writing, “This is yet another absurd result thanks to ‘Bail Reform’ and a system where the Legislature in Albany substitutes their judgment for the judgment of our judges and the litigants in court.”
In response, a spokesperson for Gov. Kathy Hochul wrote, "Gov. Hochul changed the bail laws to make sure criminals can be held on bail -- that includes any individuals charged with murder, rape, or other violent felonies.”
In court, prosecutors said the suspects went through barbaric lengths to dispose of the bodies, arguing they would likely do the same to flee.
But the judge said cash bail is not available under current statues.
Republican elected officials are slamming the outcomes of the court appearances, including Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine, State Sen. Dean Murray and Rep. Andrew Garbarino.
The suspects are required to remain in Suffolk County. Their next court dates are March 8 or March 11.


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