Defendants in murder cases ask more time
LISBON – Two defendants facing charges related to separate murder cases asked Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike for additional time before their cases are brought to jury trial.
Mason Feisel, 34, Boardman, charged with murder in the death of his Salem girlfriend, Samantha Shasteen in June, again has filed a request for more time before his jury trial is heard.
His jury trial had been scheduled for Nov. 19, but following his attorneys’ request on Monday, it has been pushed back until Feb. 11, 2014.
Co-counsel Kelly Linger said she and Charley Kidder received evidence from the prosecutor’s office on Friday, which included nearly 700 pages of printed materials and more information stored on CDs.
Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said he could not object to the request, noting it took both co-counsel Ryan Weikart and himself two weeks to compile the information for the defense.
Feisel is accused of strangling his long-time girlfriend, whom he has a 4-year-old daughter with. Shasteen’s body was discovered in the bathtub of her Oak Street home by her father, Gary Shasteen, on the morning of June 6.
Feisel, who had been found by Gary Shasteen sleeping in the garage with the doors down and a vehicle running, fled. However, he was found a short time later by police, who reported he was attempting to cut his own throat with a shard of glass and had superficial cuts already on his wrists.
Besides granting the additional time, Pike approved motions filed by the defense to have Feisel evaluated to determine sanity and competency to stand trial.
In an unrelated case before Pike, additional time was requested by an attorney representing Martina L Michael, 21, Chester, W.Va.
Michael is the girlfriend of Nicholas Carosiello, who has been charged with aggravated murder in the August 2011 shooting death of his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello. Prosecutors believe she was shot while she was being lifted to a window at Nicholas Carosiello’s home in what has been described as an attempt to take money and drugs.
Michael is charged with obstructing police business and complicity to tampering with evidence for her alleged part in helping Nicholas Carosiello cover up his actions.
Damian Billak, a Canfield attorney appearing with Michael, asked Pike for an additional status conference, which was granted after she signed a time waiver. The status conference was set for Nov. 15. No jury trial has been set yet in the case.
Both Feisel and Michael appeared in custody and bond was continued.