The lawyer for a Bradley Gardens man still awaiting trial in connection with a 2009
murder is asking a judge either to dismiss the charges against his client, set
a trial date or release him from jail pending a trial.
DiTaranto, 27, of Maple Street, David Granskie Jr., 26, of Oak Street, and Gary
Wilson, 30, of Leghorn Avenue, were charged in the murder of 45-year-old Carolyn Stone at
a party over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend at a Bradley Gardens home.
The trial of DiTaranto and Granskie, who will be tried together, has been delayed
by many factors, including a switch in Granskie’s attorney and a prosecution’s
appeal of the judge’s decision to allow testimony that Granskie’s confession
was false, a function of his withdrawal from drugs.
In pleading guilty, Wilson agreed to testify against DiTaranto and Granskie.
Wilson told the judge that he and friends were attending a
Memorial Day weekend barbecue at an Oak Street home, where Stone lived with Granskie's
father, and became intoxicated after drinking alcohol, smoking
marijuana and snorting cocaine.
In the middle of the night, Wilson said, DiTaranto led Stone, who was also intoxicated,
into the backyard of the home.
Wilson said he went with them. From there, Wilson said, DiTaranto had sex with Stone on the ground,
keeping his hands on her neck to keep her down. After DiTaranto had sex with
her, Wilson said, he was supposed to have sex with her too, but
Wilson said he then dropped a cinder block three times on
her head to keep her quiet.