I want retrial, not a deal, to prove my innocence, man says
BY OREN YANIV, NICOLE BODE and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Friday, August 15th 2008, 12:52 AM
"This moment right here is one of the happiest of my life," Bellamy said, emerging from the back door of Queens Criminal Court.
"Words can't express how happy I am," said Bellamy, enjoying an afternoon thundershower. "I can't believe I'm walking out of here without an escort."
Bellamy smiled, showing off a gold-capped front tooth, and pumped his fists in the air as he hugged his relatives and lawyer Thomas Hoffman, who never wavered in their belief in his innocence.
From the start, Bellamy has insisted he had nothing to do with the 1994 fatal stabbing of James Abbott in Far Rockaway, Queens.
In a rare move, Bellamy's bail was posted by his pro bono investigator, Joseph O'Brien, a former FBI agent and author of bestselling mob book "Boss of Bosses."
"I felt strongly about it. He shouldn't have to spend another day in jail," said O'Brien, who put up his retirement condo in upstate New York to secure the bail. "It's the right thing to do."
Bellamy's dad, Howard, called the judge an "angel from heaven."
"I'm happy he had the heart and consideration to do this for my son," he said.
||Truth in Justice