By DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON - The aggravated murder trial of Nicholas Carosiello, accused in the death of his estranged wife in August 2011, has been postponed.
Carosiello, 33, Chester, W.Va., was scheduled to go on trial April 7 in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. His attorney, Dominic Frank, filed a motion Thursday requesting more time to prepare for the jury trial, which is expected to take up to two weeks. Frank noted there is a large amount of discovery for the case, which has to be investigated on Carosiello's behalf.
Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble did not object to the request, noting Frank has been in communication with the prosecutor's office since mid-February about his concerns and the motion was not a surprise.
Judge Scott Washam granted the request at a hearing Thursday. Carosiello's trial has been rescheduled for July 7 with a status conference set for June 26.
Carosiello is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello, in the head, while she and others were in the process of breaking into his father's home on Township Line Road outside of Wellsville. Prosecutors believe the 22-year-old Holly Carosiello was being lifted to a window by her brother, Jamie Adkins, when she was shot and killed.
Adkins and others involved in the attempted break-in have already been convicted for their parts in the crime. Adkins pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, burglary and complicity to burglary and is now serving 10 years.
Nicholas Carosiello remains in custody at the county jail. Besides aggravated murder, he is charged with tampering with evidence and possession of drugs, charges include firearms specifications.
Court documents claim Carosiello knew people were planning to burglarize his home and used that information to attempt to lure them there. Prosecutors further allege Carosiello had co-defendant, Johnny Paroda maintain contact with those planning to come to burglarize the house, tell them the home was empty and then laid in wait for them to arrive. He then allegedly fatally shot Holly Carosiello. Paroda was sentenced to nine years in prison in connection to the case last August.
Later in the day Thursday, the obstructing official business jury trial scheduled March 31 for Carosiello's stepfather, Richard Lewis, 61, Township Line Road, Wellsville, was also moved. Similarly to Carosiello's attorney, defense attorney Joseph Ludovici said he had volumes of material and after looking through 1,100 pages of materials he still found he needed additional items.
Gamble responded while he had provided transcripts, Ludovici is requesting copies of actual recordings. Lewis' trial has been moved to June 30.
Lewis is accused of providing false statements on Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, 2011, when investigators were attempting to learn the identity of who shot Holly Carosiello. Court documents allege Lewis' story continued to change. At times during the investigation he claimed an unknown person was inside the home; he heard two or three shots, but claimed not to know who fired the weapon; he claimed he did not know who was shot and he claimed he was the only person inside the home at the time of the shooting. He also allegedly moved guns around inside the home before investigators arrived.