Illinois court denies appeal of reversed murder conviction

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to appeal the reversed murder conviction of a grocery store worker in the case of a northern Illinois teenager who’s presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade ago.

Mario Casciaro spent about two years in prison on a first-degree murder conviction in the death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick. An appellate court in September overturned the conviction and granted Casciaro’s release.

The Northwest Herald ( ) reports that Casciaro’s attorney and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office issued statements after the state Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday.

The attorney says the Casciaro family is pleased with the decision, while the office says the decision is flawed.

Carrick was last seen in December 2002 at the Johnsburg grocery store where he and Casciaro worked.

Information from: The Northwest Herald,