Casino: Justice served in brother's murder case
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - You may remember this. Attorney Jamie Casino's dramatic Super Bowl commercial from a couple years back calling attention to crime and corruption in Savannah.
Well, now there's a verdict in the trial of the man charged with killing his brother, Michael Biancosino, and the young woman he was with, Emily Pickels.
And that verdict is guilty.
"I mean you have two people who were tragically murdered, I mean tragically. One of the forensic detectives got up on the stand and said I have been doing this for a long time and I've never seen anything like this," said Casino.
Justice has been a long time coming for the families of Michael Biancosino and Emily Pickels. The two were ambushed—and shot to death in barrage of bullets—on Labor Day weekend of 2012 in downtown Savannah.
Now one of the men responsible, Walter Moon, is facing a lifetime behind bars for the murders.
"It wasn't the easiest case. It wasn't on camera. There weren't any eyewitnesses. They had to put this case together and it was clearly the defendant without question, but it took a tremendous collective effort from police department and the detective and also Isabel Pauley who was the assistant district attorney who just did an amazing job. As a lawyer, I was wowed," said Casino.
Casino called national attention to the case—and crime in Savannah—when his two minute Super Bowl commercial went viral. He took aim at then Police Chief Willie Lovett, who had at first insinuated that Biancosino and Pickels had been up to no good.
"No innocent victims were targeted. He gave everyone a false sense of what was going which was typical run of the mill Savannah at the time—you know keep the public ignorant," said Casino.
Detectives later determined that Biancosino and Pickels were killed in a case of mistaken identity by Moon—and another man Sidney Grant, who was later killed in a shooting.
Ironically, Casino had once defended Moon—who was out on parole—after being convicted of shooting three people with an AK-47.
"I was probably partially responsible for him being out because I did such a good job—I was too good for my own good. He got out on parole sooner and it was the extra stinger in this case," said Casino.
Casino says his days of defending criminals are over—and he is relieved there is one less of them on the streets.
"This guy is just one of those people who would have continued to wreak havoc on Savannah until he was stopped," said Casino.
Moon faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced at a later date.
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