It looks as if Anthony Nicodemo’s retrial in the alleged Dec. 12, 2012 slaying of Gino DiPietro won’t be happening until early next year.
At a status conference last Thursday, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart scheduled a new pretrial conference for Dec. 1 but the retrial – Nicodemo’s first trial ended May 20 in a mistrial amid rumors someone approached a juror – did not get a firm date. The trial had already lost two alternate jurors because of exposure to pretrial publicity when juror number eight was dismissed, bringing the panel down to 11. Although a criminal trial may continue with 11 jurors, both sides must agree and, in the case of the 42-year-old reputed mob soldier, they didn’t.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Zarallo said there is an ongoing investigation into possible jury tampering although no one has been charged.
DiPietro, 50, was gunned down shortly before 3 p.m. on Dec.12, 2012 as he stood by his pickup truck in the 2800 block of South Iseminger Street in South Philadelphia. Although he served prison time for drug and gun violations, DePietro’s family has denied he was a mobster and authorities have never alleged that he was a member of South Philadelphia’s La Cosa Nostra crime family.