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Plea still a possibility for accused murderer

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Friday morning, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone presided over a pretrial hearing for Reogas.

The judge reaffirmed the pending trial date of April 21, but also scheduled an alternate date of May 12, in case scheduling conflicts arise, Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.

The Reogas case will have worn on for almost 21 months by the time the trial date rolls around. Even so, Baxter has not given up on the idea of a plea agreement.

“We have entered discussions on a possible type of plea agreement, but we have not seen whether he’s agreeable. We’re far from done” Baxter said Friday.

A series of delays has plagued the case, including Reogas’ attorney falling ill and requiring surgery in late November, Baxter said.

Reogas, 36, stands accused of murdering John Debski in July 2012 inside his Wilbert Street home.

Debski died from multiple blows to the back of the head, and police later learned Reogas allegedly bludgeoned Debski to death using a staple-hammer.

After police gathered evidence and left the home, Reogas allegedly snuck back inside and was found hiding in a shower.

The murder came just days after Reogas allegedly held a woman captive for three days in a hotel room, then beat a man with a hammer when he confronted him about the kidnapping, police said.

Reogas is facing a multitude of charges, including aggravated murder, kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. He remains in the Erie County jail without bond.

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