Paul Barbaritano, the murderer of a 29-year-old Albany woman, was released from jail on Thursday, Jan. 2, after the judge in charge of the case claimed Democrats’ new “bail reform” legislation no longer allows her to keep the charged party in custody.

Barbaritano, 52, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the strangulation-and-stabbing death of Nicole Jennings inside her apartment and he was being held at the Albany County Jail. 

On Thursday, he was released from jail under the new bail reforms that eliminated bail for that charge and most other felonies, The Times-Union reported. 

The judge “repeatedly said that’s no longer the burden for bail.”

“Barbaritano’s initial police report claims he wrapped a belt around Jennings’s neck, tightening it before stabbing her,” reporter Cangro reported. “The DA’s Office says it is considering presenting a second-degree murder charge before a grand jury. Barbaritano’s attorney had no comment after the court today.”

“This investigation is still ongoing. It’s far from over,” said Albany Police Officer Steve Smith, according to Spectrum News. “It’s possible there could be more charges, possible that the charges could be upgraded.”

It remains unclear how exactly the two knew one another, though police have confirmed they were not strangers.

On Wednesday, Cangro posted a list of crimes New York judges are no longer allowed to set bail for.

“Confused about bail and discovery reform? This is the list of crimes New York judges are no longer able to set bail for. That means pending conviction, those charged with these crimes will stay out of jail (unless for certain circumstances),” the reporter explained.

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