DEERFIELD, Mass. – The man accused of killing his mother and stepfather and then leading police on an overnight chase to Massachusetts had his first court appearance Monday.
Anthony Repp, 22, remains behind bars without bail after he appeared before a judge in Deerfield, Mass. He was arraigned Monday on charges of trespassing, intimidating a witness, and being a fugitive from justice. Prosecutors say Repp has not waived his extradition rights back to New York State yet.
When he does, Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally says he will be returned to New York as soon as possible and will be formally charged in Rensselaer County.
When extradited, he will face charges of second-degree murder in New York for allegedly beating his mother and stepfather to death in their Schaghticoke home.
Police received a call for a violent domestic situation in Schaghticoke around 8 p.m. on July 4th. When authorities arrived on the scene at 1445 Route 40, they found 62-year-old Michael Matala deceased outside of the home.
Repp's mother, 58-year-old Cynthia Matala, was found inside the residence with severe head trauma. Cynthia was taken to Albany Medical Center in critical condition, where she succumbed to her injuries Friday night.
According to autopsy reports, both Michael and Cynthia died from skull fractures as a result of blunt force trauma.
Repp escaped the area Thursday by jumping onto a freight train. He was discovered as a stowaway early Friday morning in Deerfield, Mass. and reportedly told police he was wanted for a crime in New York. According to court papers, when asked what he was wanted for, Repp replied "probably murder."
Repp was a 2009 graduate of Hoosic Valley High School. The motive for the killings is still unclear.
He is scheduled to return to court on August 8th in Franklin County, Mass. for his pretrial conference. In the meantime, he could waive rendition and be extradited back to New York.
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