Case of man charged in Sullivan County murder on hold because of COVID-19

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MONTICELLO – The case of John McArdle, the 76-year-old Cochecton man accused of shooting his daughter’s boyfriend to death early Sunday morning, will not be going before a Sullivan County grand jury any time soon.

That case and all others are on hold because of COVID-19, said Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan.

“Unfortunately, because of the COVID crisis all cases in Sullivan County are on hold by order of the administrative judge,” she said. “Once we are able to move the case to an active Sullivan County grand jury we can expect them to evaluate the case and ultimately it is for the grand jury to decide whether to issue an indictment formally charging any defendant with a felony crime or decline to do so.”

It is alleged that McArdle walked up to Anthony Bertolini, 40, who was sitting behind the wheel of his car at McArdle’s house, shooting and killing him with a rifle.