Judge rules on bail conditions for triple homicide suspect
The judge in a Spenard triple murder case from last year has issued a written ruling on the suspect’s release on bail.
Anthony Pisano, 43, faces first-degree murder charges in the Sept. 12 deaths of 31-year-old Bullion Brothers owner Steven Cook, 48-year-old Kenneth Hartman and 31-year-old Daniel McCreadie. Pisano, formerly an Anchorage-stationed Army soldier, is accused of fatally shooting the three men on at Cook’s business then driving away. After Pisano called APD officers at their off-duty phone numbers, he was taken into custody near the Dimond Boulevard overpass at Minnesota Drive.
After multiple bail hearings in the case, amounting to several hours in the courtroom, Superior Court Judge Erin Marston has set conditions of release for Pisano. His ruling lists several bail conditions including: a $400,000 cash appearance bond, a $900,000 cash performance bond, electronic monitoring supervised by Alaska Pretrial Services, 24/7 house arrest with passes for verified legal and medical appointments, 24/7 sight and sound supervision by one of two third-party custodians, no possession of weapons, and forfeiture of all current passports.
Marston wrote, “The court finds, based on the totality of the previous information and new information before it, that the combination of conditions of release described above are the least restrictive conditions of release that will assure the presence of Mr. Pisano and the safety of the victims, other persons, and community.”
In the bail order, Marston acknowledges a $900,000 cash performance bond is “slightly higher than amounts typically imposed upon defendants in murder cases,” writing:
“The court finds this specific amount appropriate because Mr. Pisano’s particular set of expertise creates a unique threat of danger. Not only is he so skilled in lethal weaponry that APD has relied on him to instruct its officers in this skillset, but he has the capability to build weapons. APS inventoried forty-four guns, scopes, and other firearm parts upon their review of his home. Mr. Pisano is alleged to have individually shot three people at close range numerous times, one of whom was not armed. These three people were dead in a very short amount of time. It is alleged that two of these individuals entered the Bullion Brothers only to offer their assistance upon believing its occupants may be in danger when they heard gunshots. After being involved in a shooting, Mr. Pisano did not call 911. Instead, he called an individual APD Officer. Mr. Pisano did not remain at the scene and does not deny his presence at the scene. An eyewitness identified Mr. Pisano, who he knows personally, as the shooter when he did call 911. The eyewitness claims to have observed Mr. Cook’s being shot from very close range and to have wrestled the gun from Mr. Pisano after Mr. Pisano shot Mr. Cook. This eyewitness and family members of the victims express their fear of Mr. Pisano, especially because he knows where they live.
Marston had previously said court documents allege Pisano was involved in installing the surveillance system in the business, which allegedly stopped recording 40 minutes before the shooting. According to the judge, Pisano was suffering from economic stress at the time and had borrowed money from the victims.
The modified bail proposal submitted by Pisano's defense attorney, Julia Moudy, requested a $50,000 cash performance bond and a $25,000 cash/corporate appearance bond.
"The state's case rests entirely on the word of one person, [Witness Name], who is the only person alive who benefited from the death of the victims," she wrote in a bail memorandum.
According to both documents, the court has received and considered 67 letters filed in support of Pisano's character.
Moudy also detailed Pisano's health complications. According to the bail memorandum, Pisano underwent "major thoracic surgery" in July of 2017. He's since lost 35 pounds during his incarceration and has had to travel to Seattle for additional surgeries.
"Mr. Pisano's discharge orders dated December 13, 2017, from Swedish Hospital require that he eat "soft foods" and supplemental protein formula through his feeding tube. As of filing, he is being provided almost exclusively a liquid diet, excluding the liquid feeding tube supplement. The liquid supplement they are giving him is not being digested properly, and use of his feeding tube has been discontinued because of lack of absorption."
When asked about Pisano’s links with APD officers, police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the department “does not have an official relationship with Mr. Pisano.”
“We are aware Mr. Pisano had contact with members of our department at the shooting range on JBER,” Oistad wrote in an email. “The type of contact was personal.”
Pisano remains in custody at Goose Creek Correctional Center, according to an online inmate location service website for the Alaska Department of Corrections.
KTVA 11's Heather Hintze contributed information to this report.
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