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.