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Prosecutors rest in Carcione murder trial

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the murder trial of Anthony Carcione, accused of killing an elderly Gulf Harbors widow in 1997. The defense is expected to rest this morning, with closing arguments and jury deliberations to follow. Carcione, 32, who is charged with first-degree murder, faces a possible death sentence if convicted. Prosecutors say Carcione, of Chicago, was recruited by a New Port Richey bakery owner to rob 78-year-old Jean Schwarzkopf of her prized diamond ring. Carcione, prosecutors said, took Mrs. Schwarzkopf's ring and other jewelry, then beat her, crammed a red silk flower down her throat and wrapped her from head to toe in duct tape.

Man federally charged on ecstasy distribution

A 24-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and import MDMA, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. MDMA is better known as ecstasy, a drug that has effects similar to a stimulant and hallucinogen. Wayne F. Giese of 4914 U.S. 19 was arrested in New Port Richey by FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Pinellas County sheriff's deputies. The federal indictment against Giese is sealed, according to a Pinellas arrest report. Federal prosecutors could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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