Eight jurors have been selected in the murder retrial of Mario Casciaro, who is charged with murder in connection with the disappearance and presumed death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick more than a decade ago.
Twelve jurors are needed, plus two alternates. Selection is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.
Casciaro, 29, and Carrick both worked at what was then Val's Foods in Johnsburg. Carrick was last seen walking into the grocery store about 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2002.
Casciaro has gone to trial already on the murder case about a year ago, but jurors failed to reach a verdict. A hung jury was declared and Judge Sharon Prather called a mistrial.
Prosecutors alleged during the last trial that Carrick owed Casciaro for marijuana and Casciaro called in another man, Shane Lamb, for a confrontation that became physical in the store’s produce cooler.
Lamb was granted immunity from all charges related to Carrick’s death, including murder, in exchange for his testimony.
When Lamb took the stand, he never said Casciaro told him to punch or otherwise hit Carrick. But Lamb said he did end up with Carrick in the cooler, hitting the teen “like one or two times” and Carrick “went down.”
Lamb is expected to testify again as the prosecution's main witness.