Mistrial in Brian Carrick case

Mario Casciaro, accused of the murder of Brian Carrick, will have to have a second trial as the jury could not agree on a verdict during the first one. Brian disappeared in 2002, at the age of 17. Casciaro was charged with perjury in his case several years later, but the judge threw out the charges for lack of evidence in 2009. In 2010, he was charged with murder.

The authorities believe Casciaro and two others, Shane Lamb and Robert Render, killed Brian unintentionally during “an act of unlawful restraint or intimidation” in a dispute over about $500 in drug money. One of Casciaro’s friends said Casciaro told him Brian’s body was in a river in Iowa. Render was charged with concealing the homicide, but the case was dropped later. Lamb got immunity as well as a reduced sentence in an unrelated drug case, in exchange for his testimony against Casciaro. It wasn’t enough, apparently; one juror held out for acquittal and could not be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution intends to re-trial the case, possibly as soon as this spring.

Getting involved in drugs, especially selling them, is poking death with a stick. But alas, what with Lamb’s record and the generous deal he got, I fear that in the next trial this may turn into a kind of “Clinton Avenue Five” case.

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Murders without bodies

In the last few weeks:

1. April Pennington‘s killer has been convicted of murder

2. Murder charges were brought against a suspect in the Brian Carrick case

3. 48 Hours did an update on the outcome of the Michele Harris case

4. A mistrial was declared in Faith Lippe‘s murder

And now I have word that Rosa Lisowski‘s husband has been convicted in her death and a suspect is facing charges in Kristen Charbonneau‘s presumed homicide. AND I found out an ongoing trial for another body-less homicide which I don’t have on Charley yet.

My, those prosecutors have been busy.

Murder arrest finally made in Brian Carrick case

Over seven years after seventeen-year-old Brian Carrick disappeared, Mario Casciaro has been charged with his murder. Casciaro was Brian’s boss at the grocery store Val’s Foods, where Brian worked a stock boy. After Brian vanished, one of the other employees at the store found a pool of blood in the produce cooler. He thought it was just meat drippings and mopped it up. It turned out the blood was Brian’s.

I had been told that drugs had something to do with it, but one article says the motive was “a dispute related to his job.” Shrug.

This isn’t the first time Casciaro has faced charges in the Carrick case. He was charged with perjury in 2007 for allegedly lying about his involvement in the disappearance, but the judge threw out the charges in the middle of the trial in 2009. Another former Val’s Foods employee, Robert Render, was charged with concealing Brian’s homicide in 2008. The murder charge finally happened when another man said to be involved, Shane Lamb, cut a deal with prosecutors. He’s been given immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Unfortunately, all this comes too late for Brian’s mom. She died of cancer last fall. She left behind fourteen children, including Brian. He was her eleventh.


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Brian Carrick’s mother is dead

Terry Carrick, whose seventeen-year-old son Brian disappeared from Johnsburg, Illinois in December 2002, has died of cancer at age 65. She had both leukemia and lung cancer. She left behind her husband and thirteen other children besides Brian.

As I’ve observed on this blog before, I’ve noticed a lot of cases of parents of missing children dying young, or relatively young. (The most striking example I can think of is Sofia Juarez‘s mother who died of unspecified “natural causes” at age 26.) I don’t know if this is an actual statistical trend or not, but the stress involved in having a missing child certainly isn’t conducive to a long life.