Carozza jury dismissed on a juror's admission

July 11, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A jury deliberating in the murder trial of Dominic J. "Crowbar" Carozza was dismissed yesterday after a juror admitted reading a newspaper article about the longtime city crime figure.

The Baltimore Circuit Court jury had found Carozza and Robert J. "Tattoo Bobby" Vizzini guilty Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder and told a judge it had not reached a verdict on charges of murder and using a handgun in a violent crime.

Judge David Ross ordered the jurors to continue deliberating, but when they returned yesterday morning, a juror admitted reading a story about the case in The Sun. The article described Carozza's background and noted that he and Vizzini had previously been found guilty in the murder, only to have that conviction reversed on appeal.

Assistant State's Attorney Timothy J. Doory said Carozza, 60, and Vizzini, 28, are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10 on the conspiracy convictions.

Mr. Doory said a decision on whether to retry the men on the murder and handgun charges will not be made until after that sentencing.

Both men were convicted in connection with the June 1990 shooting death of Russell Charles Baker, a 42-year-old heroin addict found dead on a pier in Fells Point.

Testimony in the trial suggested the man was killed after he failed to repay a $2,400 loan from Carozza.

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