The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


November 21, 2013

2 inmates may testify in Campbell's trial for Basilone murder

Judge will decide extent of questioning



Thomas described where all nine shell casings were found, the position of Basilone’s body once he fell to the sidewalk, and described dozens of photographs of the crime scene and the views three witnesses had of the scene. Two testified they saw Basilone being shot, and one said he saw someone running through the alley.

Thomas also explained that police never recovered the murder weapon and the casings and recovered bullets and bullet fragments remain at the state police crime lab. Every time police “recover” a .22-caliber handgun, they send it to the lab to determine whether it fired the fatal shots, Thomas said.

Dr. Joseph Ohr, Mahoning County, Ohio, deputy coroner and medical examiner, described the autopsy he performed on Basilone. He found that Basilone had been shot seven times and died of multiple gunshot wounds, although a bullet to the heart that also severed two arteries was the “most immediately fatal” injury.

The parties stipulated to the findings of firearms and fingerprint experts, meaning their reports were entered into evidence without the experts having to testify. The reports do not implicate Campbell.

St. John also interviewed a juror who reported after testimony finished Tuesday that she recognized a witness and had gone to a trade school with her. The juror said she and the witness were not friends and she had not seen her for several years.

The juror said she could remain fair and impartial and no one objected to her staying on the panel.

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