Stewart is scheduled to be tried on those charges next week.
Both also may or may not be subject of a federal probe into the gun violence in the Shenango Valley around that time that Kochems said may yield results this month.
Federal authorities don’t comment on pending investigations, but Kochems brought up the probe when he sought a continuance in one of the robbery cases Campbell is facing.
The cases, which have dragged on for almost two years, are anything but clear, and talking about them during the trials involving Basilone’s killing would “muddy the waters,” Whalen said.
No one’s been charged in two of the other cases, a Nov. 29, 2011, robbery of Dollar General in Farrell and a Dec. 19 robbery of Family Dollar just down the road in what’s left of the city’s commercial district.
Prosecutors were going to refer to those robberies, which involved two men, along with one Dec. 28, 2011 at the Wild Game Inn.
Stewart is facing charges in that case and Campbell had been charged as well, until District Judge Ronald E. Antos dismissed the charges against Campbell because the only link to Campbell was in posts the pair allegedly made on the social media site Facebook.
Those posts are hearsay, Antos ruled.
Those Facebook posts also won’t be introduced during the trials, as Kochems had sought.
Prosecutors also wanted to introduce a ballistics report that links the seven shell casings found at the scene of Basilone’s with three shell casings found at the scene of yet another armed robbery, this one the Dec. 20, 2011, robbery of Basil Ramahi at B&M Market, 644 Wallis Ave., Farrell.
The ballistics report would bolster the credibility of a jailhouse informant that prosecutors admit is a corrupt source.
But the source, Cedric Boyd, will still offer testimony to bolster the cases against Stewart and Campbell, Kochems said.