NY man on trial for 2010 murder

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Testimony is under way in the trial of a 22-year-old New York man charged with a New Year’s Day murder two years ago.

Daro Correa, 22, of Syracuse, N.Y., is charged with aggravated murder in the killing of 30-year-old Randy Cappelli of Campbell on the first day of the year in 2011.

A jury of eight women and four men is hearing testimony in the courtroom of Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Correa could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty. He is represented by Atty. Mark Carfolo.

Testimony was to resume this morning.

Cappelli was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, including at least one in the head, about 4:40 a.m. after police were called to the 1000 block of Shady Run Road on the South Side because of reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived, they saw Cappelli face up on the ground a few feet from the passenger side of a Toyota Scion, which was on fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several shell casings were found around Cappelli by police responding to the call.

Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor, called to the stand Wednesday a resident living near the area where Cappelli was killed. The witness said she remembers the morning of the murder because it was New Year’s Day and people were shooting in celebration.

“It sounded like a war zone. ... My house shook at one point,” the witness said of the holiday gunfire.

The woman told the court the gunfire stopped about 3 a.m. and she noticed a car coming down her street about 4 a.m. The car caught her attention she said because it is a dead-end street with only an elderly woman living in that immediate area.

The witness said she heard a succession of gunfire from the area of the car and closed her door. She said a short time later, two men were walking up the street laughing. She could not clearly identify them.

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