Saturday, October 04, 2014
"The Mystery of Johnsburg Road" on ABC 20-20: the loss of Brian Carrick, questionable conviction of Mario Casciaro
ABC 20-20 Friday night presented the case of the murder of Brian Carrick, a retail stock worker who disappeared on an Illinois road in December 2002. The episode is called “The Mystery of Johnsburg Road”, with the main link here.
A well-spoken young man, Mario Casciaro, 31, is serving 26 years for murder, but a key witness Shane Lamb, says that his testimony was coerced by the district attorney, as he told ABC News shortly before the report was filmed. The defendant had been tried twice since the jury was hung the first time. The body has been found.
Kathleen Zellner, who had defended Ryan Ferguson, who was wrongfully convicted in Missouri (Nov. 18 and Nov. 24, 2013) is working on the case. There seems to be no DNA evidence to support the conviction.
The report shows that it is rather easy for an ordinary person to get framed in a bizarre set of circumstances.