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September 18, 2013

GUILTY - Stewart convicted on all counts in murder of Bill Basilone

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MERCER —

While Kalenic and the jailhouse informant may not be perfect witnesses, their stories corroborate one another, Kochems said.

“Both came up with the same language,” he said, referencing the desire on the part of Stewart, Campbell and Kalenic to “hit a lick” that night.

The jury also watch the trio on video and saw them case Basilone’s.

Kalenic, the “young buck” who said he was invited to commit the crime by the other men, is obviously new to the game. On the video from inside Basilone’s when he goes in under the guise of ordering a pizza to find out how many people were in there, “he’s doing everything but break-dancing on the bar” and unwittingly attracts attention to himself.

“He’s clueless,” Kochems said of Kalenic. “He’s 15 years old (at the time the crime occurred.) He knows there’s two guys out there that know he knows they killed somebody.”

When Stewart is pictured later in the surveillance video, he coolly walks in and gauges the situation- while also taking the precaution of wearing a different sweatshirt into the bar, Kochems noted.

That Stewart posts “selfies” on Facebook wearing his uniform of choice: jeans and the gray Champion hoodie, along with the D-ring that helped police crack the case, shows that Stewart’s proud to be a criminal.

“This is on Facebook. He advertises,” Kochems said.

Stewart and Campbell were committed to robbing Basilone’s that night, Kochems said, noting they stuck around the outside of the bar, lying in wait, for more than a half-hour after Kalenic says he left them when he got cold feet.

Kochems also advised the jury to look at the “big picture” of the case.

“Devine Campbell and Josh Stewart were not satisfied with Kalenic’s report as a spy,” Kochems said, referencing Kalenic’s dance in the bar.

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