Computer issue delays filings in murder trial

LISBON – Despite a computer issue in his attorney’s office, Nicholas Carosiello is expected to go on trial in late September for aggravated murder.

At a status conference on Wednesday, defense attorney Dominic Frank requested a few additional days to submit any pretrial motions, simply because of a computer malfunction at his office. County Prosecutor Robert Herron did not object and Frank was granted until Monday.

Carosiello, 33, Church Alley, 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.

Next week will mark the three-year anniversary of Holly Carosiello’s death, which occurred on Aug. 12, 2011.

Also this week, requests have also been sent to various prisons asking for the return to Columbiana County in late September of several people already convicted of crimes associated with the case. In various plea agreements, each had agreed to testify truthfully in any future court hearings regarding what happened that night.

Prosecutors believe 22-year-old Holly Carosiello was being lifted to a window at Nicholas Carosiello’s home by her brother, Jamie Adkins, when she was shot and killed. Adkins, 32, Dresden Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, burglary and complicity to burglary and is now serving 10 years.

Johnny P. Paroda Jr., 23, Green Lane, East Liverpool, received nine years for complicity to involuntary manslaughter, complicity to commit burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of obstructing official business.

Dustin Green, 23, May Street, East Liverpool, received six years for complicity to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary; Joshua Rudder, 23, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, who drove the group to the burglary, was sentenced to five years; Nick Carosiello’s brother, Anthony Carosiello, 28, Francis Drive, Wellsville, who removed evidence from the scene which hampered the investigation, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Martina L. Michael, 22, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, the former girlfriend of Nicholas Carosiello was sentenced to five years probation for assisting in covering up evidence and hampering the investigation of detectives.

Nicholas Carosiello’s stepfather, Richard Lewis was also charged with obstructing official business in relationship to the case, but he died prior to his trial.

Nicholas Carosiello is the last person currently charged in the death. His jury trial is scheduled to start on Sept. 29.