State Police: Second victim of Schagticoke attack dies

Posted at: 07/06/2013 2:21 PM
Updated at: 07/07/2013 12:09 AM
By: Steve Flamisch

SCHAGTICOKE -- The woman who was beaten outside her home Thursday, allegedly by her son, has died of her injuries, State Police said.

Cynthia Matala, 58, never regained consciousness and died Friday night at Albany Medical Center, State Police said. Her husband, Michael Matala, 62, died Thursday.

Cynthia Matala's biological son, Anthony Repp, 22, bludgeoned the couple on their front lawn during a "family dispute," State Police Capt. Timothy Munro said. Munro declined to elaborate on the nature of the dispute, and he would not say whether a rock or any other object was used in the attack.

After the beatings, Repp tried to break into a nearby home and stole the keys to several vehicles before hopping on a freight train to Massachusetts, where he was arrested about 12 hours later, State Police said. It was unclear whether he was tested for drugs or alcohol.

Michael Matala's aunt and uncle, Virginia and Harry Matala, told NewsChannel 13 Repp never cared for his step-father and resented his mother for marrying him.

"He didn't like him," Harry Matala said from the front porch of his home in Melrose.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally, whose office will prosecute Repp, declined to comment on the motive.

"We don't have to prove motive," McNally said. "We've got our man, and he'll get due process."

Repp is scheduled to appear before a magistrate in Massachusetts on Monday, McNally said. Authorities were working to extradite him back to New York, where he will be charged with two counts of murder in the second degree. He could face 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

The victims had been married for several years, and each had adult children from a previous partner, Virginia and Harry Matala said. They had no children together.

Cynthia Matala worked in the bakery department at the Hannaford Supermarket in Lansingburgh, Virginia and Harry Matala said. Michael Matala drove trucks for Warren W. Fane on Route 40 in Spiegeltown.

Their loved ones were still in shock Saturday.

"I don't really believe it yet," Virginia Matala said. "It doesn't seem real."