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SHANNON KOS SLAYING Convict's relatives take stand in trial



Published: Sat, February 8, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police say they found Shannon's lighter at the home of one of the murder suspects.

By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The sister and brother-in-law of a man convicted in the death of 12-year-old Shannon Leigh Kos say a large knife was dropped off at their home shortly after the slaying by another man accused in the girl's death.

Christina and Larry Myers of Salem, Ohio, testified Tuesday in the homicide trial of Perry S. Ricciardi, 22, formerly of Struthers.

Christina Myers is the sister of William Monday. Monday, 23, pleaded guilty to homicide charges last year in Shannon's death and is serving a life sentence.

Myers, her husband and two children were living on Poland Avenue in Struthers with her mother, Gloria, and brother when Shannon, of Youngstown, died Oct. 8, 2000.

David Garvey, 22, a third suspect in the killing, also was living at the Poland Avenue home then, Christina Myers said.

Testimony

Myers said Ricciardi called her Oct. 13, 2000, to say he was bringing over a survival-type knife that her brother had asked him to hold.

When police later searched the Monday house, they confiscated the knife from the top of a coffee table in the living room, she said.

Police officers have testified that Ricciardi told them he had the knife when the three men took Shannon to a secluded section of Mahoning Township, Lawrence County. The knife, however, was not the murder weapon, police said.

Shannon's throat was slit, and she was stabbed multiple times with another knife that Ricciardi identified as belonging to Garvey, police said. Police later recovered that knife in Lake Hamilton in Struthers.

Shannon's body was later burned, police said.

Joseph Vascetti, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, testified that they also confiscated bloody clothes, shoes, a box of wooden matches and other items after serving two search warrants in a two-day period on the Poland Avenue home.

Other findings

Vascetti noted they also found a red, butane lighter in their last search. Ricciardi told police the lighter was Shannon's and one of the men kept it as a memento of her death.

The state trooper added that police found a Taco Bell receipt in Monday's car with the time and date as 5:53 p.m. Oct. 8.

Ricciardi had told police that when Monday picked him up about 6 p.m. Oct. 8, Shannon was in the back seat eating nacho chips from Taco Bell.

Police have said Shannon initially went willingly with the men whom she had met a few weeks earlier, but was later held against her will when they decided to rape and kill her.

Defense lawyer Dennis A. Elisco spent the early part of Tuesday's testimony questioning a state police corporal about Ricciardi's statement to police.

Cpl. John Ryhal said Ricciardi willingly came to state police headquarters the day he was arrested and told police about his activities the day Shannon died.

Ricciardi could face the death penalty if convicted of homicide charges. He also faces charges of criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, criminal conspiracy to commit rape and abuse of a corpse.

Garvey is awaiting trial on the same charges.

cioffi@vindy.com




Comments

1lalasmommies816(1 comment)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

OK IF IT WAS ALL UP TO ME I WOULD BE GIVE ALL THREE MEN THE DEATH PENILTY.. AND I AM NOT ONLY SAYING THIS BECAUSE I KNEW SHANNON PERSONALLY BUT I AM SAYING THIS BECAUSE THIS IS UNFAIR. I HAVE A 18 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER AND GOD FOR BID IF THIS WOULD EVER HAPPEN TO MY CHILD I WOULD FIGHT LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW TO GIVE THEM MEN WHAT THEY RIGHFULLY DESERVE AND SHANNON AND HER FAMILY SOME JUSTICE. I MEAN FOR GOD SAKE SHE WAS ONLY 12 YEARS OLD. SHE DIDNT GET TO SEE HALF THE STUFF THAT THH KILLERS DID. AND THE KILL FOR A THRILL.. OK THATS THE GAYEST THING IVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SIT DOWN WITH ALL THREE OF THEM BOYS AND GIVE THEM A PIECE OF MY MIND. BUT SINCE I CANT IM GUNNA TELL YOU THIS MUCH. THIS COMMENT ISNT THE END OF IT. IM GUNNA MAKE SURE THAT JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED. WHILE SHANNON REST IN PEACE THEM BOYS ARE GUNNA SUFFER A LONG AND HORRIBLE YEARS IN THE PENNITENTARY. I HOPE THAT PEOPLE IN THERE FIND OUT THAT THEY MURDERED A LITTLE 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IN HER OWN FLESH AND BLOODE. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STICKING UP FOR THESE SICK KILLERS.. ONE DAY YOULL HAVE A KID AND YOULL UNDERSTAND THAT THEY SHOULD OF GOTTEN THE DEATH PENILTY.. WHO CARES IF THE KILLERS PARENTS DIDNT WANT THAT.. ITS NOT WHAT THEY WANT ITS WHAT SHANNON WOULD OF WANTED.

LET JUSTICE BE SERVED

R.I.P SHANNON LEIGH KOS
I MISS YOU GIRL

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