BY TOM SOMACH
According to media reports, William Delvalle, 35, of New York City, was arrested by police Friday and charged with robbery and murder in connection with the Nov. 2 armed robbery at the illegal Manhattan poker club in which Frank DeSena, 55, of Wayne, N.J., a=A0 poker player at the club, was shot. DeSena died shortly after at a nearby hospital.
Police allege Delvalle was one of several gun-toting bandits who robbed the poker club and made off with about $100,000, but don’t believe he was the bandit who shot DeSena, media reports said.
That’s why Delvalle is only charged with second-degree murder, not first-degree murder, the reports said.
Amazingly, after being charged, Delvalle was freed without bail, because a grand jury had neglected to indict him, the reports said.
The charges remain, however, and Delvalle will be re-arrested as soon as the indictment is made, the reports said.
Meanwhile, police continue searching for the other bandits, including the killer, the reports said.
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