WOODSTOCK – Attorneys for Mario Casciaro are expecting DNA results on never-before tested evidence to return from a crime lab next week.
Casciaro is fighting his 2013 first-degree murder conviction. In a petition filed in McHenry County, he is asking that his conviction be overturned.
His attorney Kathleen Zellner believes another man — Robert Render — was responsible for the 2002 murder of missing Johnsburg teen Brian Carrick.
Zellner has asked that clothing recovered from Render's garbage cans in 2002 be DNA tested. McHenry County prosecutors agreed.
On Wednesday, Nicholas Curran one of the attorneys representing Casciaro, told Judge Sharon Prather that the DNA results should be returned by Jan. 16. They then have 30 days to filed an amended post-conviction petition.
Prosecutors said that in 2002, Casciaro sent Shane Lamb to collect on a drug debt from 17-year-old Carrick. At two trials, Lamb has testified that he punched Carrick, and that likely killed the teen.
Lamb now says that his testimony was a lie and that he was coached on what to say by Assistant State's Attorney Michael Combs.
Combs has vehemently rejected that claim.
Lamb's recantation is at the center of Casciaro's post-conviction petition filed in McHenry County court, in which they're asking for an evidentiary hearing to review the matter. The judge has not ruled on whether or not she will grant a hearing until after she considers the amended petition.
Casciaro's next court date is Feb. 26.