LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Connecticut police officer facing two felony charges in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a fellow officer while visiting Las Vegas appeared in court Tuesday morning where it was revealed he could be represented by high-profile local attorney Gabriel Grasso.
Robert Ferraro, 34 is facing a charge of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving.
Grasso told 8 News Now he hasn’t officially been hired yet but is discussing the case with the Ferraro family who has arrived in Las Vegas.
Metro police say the New Haven officer was drunk when he lost control of a rented Rolls Royce on Friday near Decatur and Spring Mountain roads. The car rolled, killing 35-year-old officer Joshua Castellano. They were on vacation along with two other officers.
Ferraro was due in Las Vegas Justice Court for a status check which has been delayed until Thursday morning to give the family time to meet with Grasso.
During a previous hearing, a judge set Ferraro’s bail at $100,000 but he remains in custody. Grasso said it will be up to the judge to decide whether Ferraro can return to Connecticut while on bail. Typically defendants on house arrest must have a local address and house phone, Grasso said.
Grasso has represented defendants in a number of high-profile cases. He is currently representing 18-year-old Aaron Guerrero who, along with his 16-year-old girlfriend, is accused of murdering her father. He was also part of the defense team that represented O.J. Simpson in his Palace Station casino memorabilia case.
Ferraro has been placed on administrative leave while the New Haven Police Department conducts its own investigation.