How will the disappearance and probable murder of Brian Carrick be handled in McHenry County?
Mario Casciaro is sitting in McHenry County Jail on murder charges, unable to bond out on his $5,000,000 bail. His charges? Five counts of murder and one of concealing a homicide.
According to Saturday’s Northwest Herald, “The indictment alleged that Casciaro, or someone for whose conduct he was legally responsible, hit Brian Carrick on the head while committing the offenses of intimidation, mob action and unlawful restraint.”
Robert Render was previously accused of concealing a homicide in this case, but the charges were dropped in mid-January. As I recall, they were dropped without prejudice, meaning that they can be re-filed.
Further on in the article, there was printed, “Another man, Alan Lippert, testified in August that Casciaro had told him what happened to Carrick. Casciaro told (Shane) Lamb to ‘scare’ Carrick over an outstanding debt and ‘things got out of hand’.”
Lamb has reportedly cut an immunity deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office. If he testifies truthfully and completely in the Casciaro case, he will not be charged in connection with the Carrick case.
Now, what’s wrong with this picture?
If one connects the dots from news stories, then it would be easy to infer that Lamb may be the one for whom things got out of hand. If “getting out of hand” means that Lamb didn’t just “intimidate” Carrick to get him to square up on his debt (what was that debt for?), does it mean that Lamb's actions resulted in Carrick's death?
If that is what happened, should an immunity deal be offered to the one who is suspected of actually causing a death? Could this mean that an actual killer could skate on a murder charge, as long as he testifies truthfully that someone else got him to do something?
Keep in mind that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Casciaro should not be tried in the press.
Maybe there shouldn’t be any news in the press about what leads up to a trial. It wasn’t all that long ago that Gary Gauger was tried, convicted, imprisoned, and sent to Death Row. And then released and then exonerated, when the real killers were caught.
Casciaro is due in Judge Prather's court again on March 19. And on March 26 Judge Prather will hear a motion for a subpoena request.