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OTHER TESTIMONY



Published: Mon, February 10, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



OTHER TESTIMONY

Ricciardi trial

Overview of other witness testimony at the trial of Perry S. Ricciardi.

Cpl. John Ryhal of the Pennsylvania State Police was recalled to the stand to introduce a two-liter soft drink bottle he discovered in the water near the crime scene. Ryhal said he found the bottle a few days after the body of 12-year-old Shannon Leigh Kos was discovered in the creek near Robinson's Crossing in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County. Ryhal testified the bottle had an odor of gasoline. Police have said Shannon's body was burned with some flammable liquid sometime after she died. Ryhal had testified earlier in the trial about questioning Ricciardi before his arrest.

State Trooper Jan Wilson identified a long, black leather jacket as belonging to Ricciardi. Wilson said she confiscated the jacket after serving a search warrant on the Struthers home where Ricciardi lived before his arrest.

Mark Cowher of Edinburg testified that he saw three men, who appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, walking near the crime scene sometime in the afternoon on Oct. 9, 2000, or Oct. 10, 2000. One was wearing a long, black jacket, he said. Cowher said he later identified the defendant in a police lineup as the man wearing that long coat. Prosecutors have said that Ricciardi and two other men returned to the crime scene sometime after Shannon was killed and set her body on fire.




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