No New Trial Dates for Marchionda and Bozanich

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Neither Dominic Marchionda nor David Bozanich will go on trial next week, but a new trial date has not been set. 

Attorneys for the defense and prosecution cited the uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic for the delay. 

Dates for the two trials were expected to be set Wednesday morning during a pretrial hearing before Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney. 

Marchionda, a downtown Youngstown developer, and Bozanich, former city finance director, face charges in a 101-count indictment handed down in 2018. They were going to be tried jointly June 1 until Sweeney severed the trials last month. Wednesday’s hearing was to determine the order of the trials.    

Instead, the two defendants, their attorneys and prosecutors met behind closed doors for an hour. After that, a court clerk announced that the hearing would not be called into session. 

Daniel Kasaris, special prosecuting attorney, said no new trial dates had been set. 

No dates were scheduled for further meetings either. 

“It’s very much up in the air,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Bozanich’s attorney. The lawyers would continue to work with the court on determining dates for the trials, he said. 

A third defendant, former Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone, pleaded guilty in March on two counts of tampering with records. 

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Pictured: Dominic Marchionda wears a face mask in the courtroom on Wednesday morning.

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