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Second trial underway for McHenry County murder

The second trial is underway in McHenry County for Mario Casciaro, who is charged with first degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick.

The first trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial.

Casciaro was released and went on to earn a college degree.

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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.

A key witness in a murder retrial in McHenry County admitted to changing his story.

Mario Casciaro, 29,  is on trial, for the second time, for the disappearance and presumed murder of 17-year old Brian Carrick who disappeared more than eleven years ago.
Casciaro’s first trial last year ended with a hung jury.

Shane Lamb testified that Casciaro had him beat up Carrick over an unpaid debt. Lamb said Casciaro told him he would take care of Carrick after he lost consciousness. . Lamb says he never saw Carrick again after that incident.

The defense says Lamb denied any involvement when he initially testified to the grand jury.

Lamb has been granted immunity for murder.

Jury selection is underway for a man who faces a second trial for the murder of a teenage boy.

Mario Casciaro is charged with first degree murder, for the death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick.

The first trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial.

Casciaro was released and went on to earn a college degree.

Carrick disappeared just before Christmas in 2002, but his body was never found.

He and Casciaro worked at the same grocery store in Johnsburg, a small town in McHenry County.

Prosecutors say Carrick sold drugs for Casciaro and owed him money.

They say Carrick died after Casciaro had someone else fight him over the money.

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