Giovanni Rivieri "stalked" his ex-girlfriend and her current lover for more than a year before trying to hire a hit man to kill the man and assault the woman, a Harford County prosecutor has said.
"He had their routine down to the minute," Diana A. Brooks, an assistant county state's attorney, told a Harford Circuit Court jury yesterday in Bel Air. In her opening statement during the murder-for-hire trial of Rivieri, an Abingdon bar owner, Brooks said the defendant was willing to pay for the crime in cash, jewelry or cocaine.
Much of yesterday's testimony came from a former undercover state trooper who told the jury he posed as a hit man in the investigation. The trooper played taped conversations that he said were between himself and the defendant. A voice that the trooper identified as that of Rivieri was heard to say that the intended male victim should be choked and tied up before having his penis cut off.