DEERFIELD, Mass. -- Anthony Repp, the man accused of killing his mother and stepfather is still in Massachusetts.
Repp, arrested in Massachusetts after fleeing police, did not
waive his right to extradition proceedings, which means New York authorities
must secure a warrant from Massachusetts to bring the 22-year-old back to New
York to face charges. Authorities are now starting the extradition process, but
it could take months.
"We asked our governor to ask the governor of Massachusetts to issue a Governors Warrant. The governor certifies that then presents that to the governor of Massachusetts. And the governor of Massachusetts then certifies that. And then he issues a warrant and then that warrant is executed, he's brought back to New York on the basis of that warrant to face the charges here in Rensselaer County," said Rensselaer County District Attorney Rich McNally.
"We're getting our part done, which is essentially getting the paperwork to the governor's office. That'll happen today or tomorrow," he said. "Unfortunately, that is the system we live in."
When extradited, Repp 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.
Residents of Repp's hometown of Schaghticoke say they're ready for Repp to be brought back to face justice.
"He did the crime here. He should be here, and the people should send him here where he belongs," said Judy Stannard.
Stannard's children rode the bus to school with Repp for years. She agrees the extradition process should be swifter, but a part of her is still in disbelief Repp could commit such a heinous crime to begin with.
"He was a good kid in high school. He was a football player. Things happen. Things change. He must've had a lot going on," she said.
District Attorney McNally says he will most likely present Repp's case to a grand jury in the meantime.
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