A New York Criminal Lawyer said that, the defendant has been charged with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Tampering with Evidence. On January 21, 1997, the defendant was arraigned upon the indictment and pled not guilty, and a bail application was denied. The defendant was remanded with no bail. The defendant filed a writ of habeas corpus with the Appellate Division, Second Department, to fix bail upon the indictment. On February 7, 1997, the Appellate Division, Second Department, sustained the writ ” to the extent of fixing bail on Nassau County in the sum of $750,000, which may be posted in the form of an insurance company bail bond in that sum or by depositing the same sum as a cash bail alternative, on the condition that the defendant surrender his passport to the Clerk of the County Court, Nassau County, contemporaneously with the filing of the bond or the deposit of the cash bail alternative, and the writ is otherwise dismissed”.
On February 11, 1997, the People served an order to show cause upon the defendant to show cause why an order should not be made “1. Ordering that a sufficiency hearing be held pursuant to section 520.30 of the Criminal Procedure Law, in the event of a bail bond, before a bail bond is signed by the court or, in the event of cash bail, before cash bail is accepted for the defendant; 2. Ordering that the defendant, VINCENZO PULLARA, remain in the custody of the Sheriff of Nassau County until this court issues an order either approving or disapproving the bail.”