Authorities allege Nicholas Tartaglione murdered four men in December 2017
The NYPD officer, 49, is accused of inviting the men to a bar and executing them
With the help of former NYPD officer, Joseph Biggs, 57, he ‘buried the bodies’
The bodies of Martin Luna, Miguel Luna, Urbano Santiago and Hector Gutierrez were found buried on Nicholas Tartaglione’s property 30 minutes away
Prosecutors announced their intention to seek the death penalty on Tuesday
Defence attorney Bruce Barket challenged prosecution push for capital punishment as ‘egregious’ decision – ‘Unfortunate, despicable, unnecessary, unjust, thoughtless, pointless,’ he said
Authorities allege Nicholas Tartaglione [photo], 49, invited the men to Likquid Lounge, in Orange County, under false pretenses and held them their against their will before shooting three in the back of their head

A muscle-bound former NYPD officer accused of murdering four men in a cocaine deal gone wrong is facing the death penalty after he allegedly lured his victims to a local bar and executed them.
Authorities allege Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, invited the men to Likquid Lounge, in Orange County, under false pretenses and held them their against their will before shooting three in the back of their head.
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Prosecutors say the men lured Martin Luna to a bar ‘to track down a drug debt’. Luna brought along two relatives and a family friend – 32-year-old Urbano Santiago, 25-year-old Miguel Luna and 43-year-old Hector Gutierrez.

Tartaglione’s defence team had pursued a plea deal for more than a year in a bid to head off the death penalty. They met with officials at Department of Justice in Washington in December but failed to convince them.
Barket told reporters: ‘The first part of the trial that we will have, and we are preparing for, is the innocence phase and that’s what we’re preparing for as much as anything else.’