Date set to retry man over Carrick's death
WOODSTOCK – A new date for Mario Casciaro's second murder trial has been set for Oct. 22.
Casciaro, 29, who has been free on bond since March 2011, is charged with murder for the 2002 death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick. Casciaro went on trial in January, but a hung jury led to a mistrial.
The second trial was set for July 30, but attorneys are still waiting on results from additional forensic testing. Of 12 blood samples collected, three are so small that testing will use them up, Casciaro's attorney Brian Telander said.
The samples come from the back area of what was then Val's Foods, where Carrick was last seen alive at about 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2002. They include samples taken from the interior side of an exit door, five from cardboard boxes found in a trash bin outside the store, and others from a cooler door handle.
The prosecution's main witness, Shane Lamb, testified during the first trial that the cooler was where he hit Carrick, who "went down."
Lamb said that Casciaro had told him to "talk" to Carrick over a $500 drug debt. After the confrontation in the cooler, Casciaro told him to leave, and Lamb said he doesn't know what happened after that.
Lamb, who worked at Val’s with Casciaro and Carrick, was granted immunity for his testimony, but was sentenced to six years in prison on a separate drug charge and has since been released on parole.
Three unidentified prints, two of which are fingerprints and one is a palm print, also will be tested before the second trial.
Also on Thursday, Telander received subpoenaed material regarding the death of Robert Render, who died last month from an apparent drug overdose. Render had once been charged with concealing a homicide relating to Carrick's disappearance, but the charge against him was eventually dropped.
Although Render did not testify during the first trial, Telander said he planned to call him for the second to question him about why his blood was found at the scene.
An interim status date for Casciaro is scheduled for Aug. 24.
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