Closing arguments to begin in Casciaro murder retrial

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Closing arguments for a murder in McHenry County will be heard for the second time.

Mario Casciaro is being tried, again, for the murder of 17-year-old Brian Carrick.

The first trial ended last year with a hung jury.

Prosecutors argued that Casciaro wanted to punish Carrick for a $500 drug debt.

Shane Lamb testified that he beat Carrick unconsious in 2002.

He said Casciaro told him that he would take care of his body.

On Monday, two defense witnesses testified that last summer, Lamb told Casciaro that prosecutors coached him on what to say, in exchange for his immunity deal.

Stephen Denson, a friend of Casciaro’s, testified that Lamb said prosecutors threatened to charge him with murder if he didn’t go along with them.

“I don’t have money like you,” Denson testified that Lamb said.  “I was facing 45 years.  They came at me with a murder indictment.”

Carrick was presumed dead after his body was never found.

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