By DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON - Following a meeting with both prosecutors and defense attorneys in his chambers, Judge Scott Washam on Wednesday allowed Dominic Frank to withdraw as the attorney for accused aggravated murder suspect Nicholas Carosiello.
Frank had filed the motion recently claiming Carosiello was having financial issues and was unable to pay for his own defense, including experts needed to go over evidence before his upcoming trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Carosiello, 33, Chester, W.Va., is charged with aggravated murder with a firearm specification, possession of drugs and three counts of tampering with evidence in the shooting death of his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello. The case was scheduled for a jury trial starting Sept. 29, but that will now be delayed.
After questioning Carosiello about whether he agreed with Frank's motion, Washam agreed to allow for Carosiello to have two court-appointed attorneys, Jennifer Gorby and Colleen Hall Dailey, who were both seated in the courtroom.
Washam also gave the new attorneys until Sept. 25 to begin familiarizing themselves with the case, which reportedly includes thousands of documents, including statements from Carosiello and several co-defendants in the case. An interim status conference will be held on Sept. 25.
Although Frank already filed several other motions, Washam gave the new attorneys until Oct. 22 to file any additional motions they deem necessary in the case. Two of the motions filed by Frank will require evidentiary hearings, which will be held on Oct. 29. The motions are an attempt to suppress statements given by Carosiello and co-defendants. Washam said he plans to address all the other motions not requiring evidentiary hearings by written opinions.