Trial for stepfather of murder suspect postponed

LISBON – Richard Lewis, the stepfather of murder suspect Nicholas Carosiello, appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Thursday for what was scheduled to be the final status hearing prior to his jury trial next week.

That jury trial has now been postponed.

Lewis is charged with obstructing official business for allegedly lying to county sheriff’s detectives investigating the Holly Carosiello shooting. His stepson, Nicholas Carosiello, 32, Church Alley, Chester, W.Va., has been charged with aggravated murder, drug possession and three counts of tampering with evidence.

Lewis’ defense attorney, Joseph Ludovici, said he needed additional time to prepare for the case, which has many companion co-defendants. Ludovici said each of these people gave multiple statements and so far he has 1,189 pages of materials and transcripts, items he is in the process of reviewing. Ludovici said there may still be more things he has requested through discovery.

It was determined the jury trial will now be held on March 31 with another status conference on March 20.

There have already been five other convictions relating to the August 2011 death of Holly Carosiello, including her brother and a group of other people who reportedly came with her with the intention to break into the house on Township Line Road outside Wellsville where Nicholas Carosiello was living that night.

Additionally, there are two counts of obstructing official business and three counts of complicity to tampering with evidence pending against Martina Michaels, 21, Church Alley, Chester, W.Va., Nicholas Carosiello’s girlfriend at the time of the crime. Michaels is scheduled to appear for a status conference today.