Witness to murder of Marist college father Paul Kutz reveals chilling details in $50 million lawsuit against hotel
A Long Island woman who witnessed the fatal shooting of Marist College father Paul Kutz at a Poughkeepsie Marriott last month is suing the hotel for $50 million – as she revealed startling new details about the carnage.
Tina Martirano of Suffolk County said in her lawsuit that she shared her morning coffee with Kutz, whom she met with his wife at the hotel’s gym shortly before his Oct. 2 murder.
Martirano, also a Marist parent who was there for the school’s family weekend, said hotel workers laughed at the accused killer’s erratic behavior — and then abandoned guests — moments before the suspect opened fire, according to their lawsuit.
“While [her and Kutz’s] During the call, Tina noticed a commotion in the lobby,” said the court document, which alleges that Martirano suffered “extreme emotional distress” from the ordeal.
“Defendant [Roy] Johnson suddenly emerged from the corridor leading to the first floor rooms with both hands deep in his pockets, wearing only his underpants under his trench coat, a ski mask, and yelling obscenities.”
Martirano said Johnson “then wandered around the lobby interacting with Marriott employees, all of whom seemed to know him and laughed at the obviously erratic behavior.”
“Unlike Marriott employees, Tina and Paul were alarmed by the behavior of the defendant Johnson, and Tina urged several Marriott employees to stop laughing at Johnson,” the suit reads. “Moments later, the defendant Johnson drew a gun and began waving it in the air while screaming in anger.
“After that, everyone in the lobby, including Marriott staff, fled for safety, leaving Tina and Paul behind.”
She said she and Kutz, 53, were “trapped” between the exit doors and where they were sitting when Johnson approached the couple with his gun – and that she warned her acquaintance not to speak to the suspect, or even him to look into the eyes eyes.
“Tina was concerned that if Paul made verbal contact with the defendant Johnson, he would start shooting, so she told Paul to avoid eye contact,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendant Johnson then raised his arm, swung the gun, and before Paul could even try to calm him, Johnson opened fire on Paul.”
Martirano said in her suit that she watched Kutz fall off his chair and die.
Kutz was an accountant from East Northport, LI and a married father of three. He was wearing a Marist College T-shirt when he was killed.
Authorities only said Johnson opened fire after arguing with hotel staff.
Police have since charged Johnson, 35, as well as fellow suspect Devin Taylor, who police say got rid of the gun.
Martirano said in her lawsuit that the entire incident left her with “disabled” mental damage.
“She is unable to come to terms with serving as a member of society or returning to her place of work,” her suit read.
She claimed the defendants, among other things, failed to provide “reasonably reasonable” security for guests.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, names the hotel as well as the property owners, the property’s management company and the two accused in the shooting.
Johnson and Taylor both pleaded not guilty to their charges last month.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/20/witness-to-slay-of-marist-college-dad-paul-kutz-reveals-chilling-details-in-50m-suit/ Witness to murder of Marist college father Paul Kutz reveals chilling details in $50 million lawsuit against hotel