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Murder suspect arraigned in parents’ deaths

GREENFIELD — Anthony Repp, the New York man wanted in that state in connection with the beating deaths of his parents, pleaded innocent at his Monday arraignment in Greenfield District Court to charges stemming from his alleged flight and is being held without bail.

Repp was arraigned on charges of trespassing, intimidating a witness and being a fugitive from justice.

New York State Police say Repp, 22, will face second-degree murder charges for the deadly beatings during an argument Thursday. They say autopsies determined Repp’s mother, Cynthia Matala, 58, and stepfather, Michael Matala, 62, died from skull fractures and brain injuries. Michael Matala was pronounced dead Thursday, Cynthia Matala died late Friday at an Albany hospital.

Deerfield police arrested Repp Friday morning in the area of the East Deerfield rail yard after employees reported a man riding on top of a box car. The arrest came a day after the attacks, at the home of his parents in the Rensselaer County town of Schaghticoke.

New York authorities will move early this week to have Repp brought to New York from Massachusetts, the Associated Press reports. Repp has not waived his right to rendition proceedings, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Repp is in the custody of the Franklin County Jail. His next court date is Aug. 8, for a pretrial conference.

According to Deerfield police, Repp initially gave a false name, and when asked why said he was afraid of going to jail. Arresting officer Mark Puchalski wrote in his report that when asked if he had any warrants Repp said ‘yes,’ and, asked what for, replied “probably murder.”

Officer Kurt Gilmore wrote in his accompanying report that Repp broke down repeatedly during the suicide screen and booking, crying when asked if there had been any recent deaths in his family and when asked for his mother’s first and maiden names. According to Gilmore’s report, Repp was able to give his father’s name without much difficulty.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:

ccurtis@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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