Manhunt for Derek Capozzi 1996 murder! man escaped and on the run!
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#1 Apr 16, 2010
The search for an escaped federal prisoner continued overnight and into the early hours of Friday morning.
Authorities say Derek Capozzi, 37, kicked open the door of a Grayson County jail transport van on the Bluegrass Parkway as it was exiting on Rt. 33 and escaped around 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Multiple law enforcement agencies joined in the manhunt, including a Lexington police helicopter and K-9 units.
Police focused their search on an area near the Woodford-Fayette County line along Military Pike overnight. Just after 2 a.m., officers closed in on a horse farm around James Pike when two guards found a suspicious open door and contacted police. Officials say police dogs picked up a pretty good trail, but eventually lost the scent.
Despite the massive manhunt, Capozzi has managed to elude police at every return. Some witnesses have reported Capozzi sightings in fields, but so far it seems he just vanished.
Capozzi allegedly has connections with an Italian drug gang in Massachusetts known as the Decologero Crew .
Capozzi was sentenced in 2005 for his involvement in the murder of a 19-year-old girl. The victim was killed in 1996. According to an attorney, she had too much information about the organized crime group Capozzi was a part of. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit witness tampering killing and being an accessory after the fact to witness tampering killing.
Pieces of the Aislin Silva's body were found in two different places several years apart. Body parts were found in 1996 at a car wash. The rest of her remains were found in a field a decade later. According to a 2005 Boston Globe story, Capozzi was not charged with the killing, but with plotting to keep Silva away from police in the days before her slaying, then dismembering and burying her body.
Capozzi was already in federal custody when he was convicted in connection with the Silva case. Capozzi was set for release from prison in 2046.
Police say Capozzi was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants when he escaped.
#2 Apr 16, 2010
Silently, witness describes his role in grisly '96 slaying
One of 5 accused in Medford case types tale in court
By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff | April 29, 2005
He hasn't been able to speak since overdosing on heroin nine years ago. But that didn't stop Stephen DiCenso from testifying in detail in US District Court yesterday about how 19-year-old Aislin Silva was murdered, dismembered, and buried by a Mafia-connected gang of drug dealers and thieves.
DiCenso testified,''I signed her death warrant" by telling his gang boss that he expected her to cooperate with police if pressured. He admitted that he helped cut up Silva's body but testified that he did not kill her,''because she was my friend."
DiCenso, 31, answered questions by Assistant US Attorney Christopher F. Bator from a wheelchair, painstakingly typing words on a computer that were instantly projected on a large screen for the jury and Silva's family in the courtroom to read.
DiCenso said Silva was nervous after police raided her Medford apartment in November 1996 and seized high-powered weapons that DiCenso stored there.
''She asked me what was going to happen to her," said DiCenso.''I told her that she had nothing to worry about and that our attorneys would take care of everything," recalling the conversation at his Medford home just before Silva's murder on Nov. 13, 1996.
The day before she was murdered, Paul A.''Big Paul" DeCologero, the alleged leader of a gang that sold drugs and robbed rival dealers, asked DiCenso whether Silva would keep quiet if questioned by police.
''I said, no, she was way too nervous about everything," typed DiCenso. DeCologero said Silva had to be killed, because he ''didn't want some young girl breaking our thing up."
DiCenso typed slowly:''I said it's fine with me Paul, you're the boss."
Derek Capozzi, 33, is representing himself in the first trial of the five men charged in connection with Silva's slaying. He is not charged with the killing, but with plotting to keep Silva away from police in the days before her slaying, then dismembering and burying her body.
DeCologero, 46, of Burlington, and three other men are scheduled for trial in January. His brother, John DeCologero, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government.
DiCenso pleaded guilty to racketeering and is cooperating with the government, but has not been sentenced. He was released on bail earlier this week on condition that he remain at a rehabilitation hospital.
On the stand yesterday, DiCenso said Paul DeCologero initially devised a plan to get Silva to take high-grade heroin, thinking it was cocaine, which would cause a fatal drug overdose. But that plan failed, he said, because Silva quickly suspected that she was snorting heroin, and refused to take more.
Silva spent the night at Dicenso's apartment on Stanley Avenue in Medford, he testified. The next morning, Kevin Meuse, another member of the gang, arrived with new orders from Paul DeCologero.
DiCenso told jurors that Meuse strangled Silva while DiCenso was out getting hacksaws and a metal cutter. He found Silva's body on the floor, he testified.
#3 Apr 16, 2010
''He broke her neck," DiCenso typed methodically.''I asked him if it was painful, he told me no, and he then showed me how he did it."
DiCenso did his laundry while Meuse went to get Capozzi. When they returned,''We all then took turns cutting her up."
Silva's mother and sister cried quietly as DiCenso detailed how he, Meuse, and Capozzi dismembered Silva's body in the bathroom. Silva's father, overcome with emotion, briefly left the courtroom.
DiCenso testified that the three put Silva's body parts in trash bags, then gym bags, and put them in the trunk of a car that Capozzi had borrowed from a friend. After stopping at Home Depot in Somerville for a shovel and bags of lime, DiCenso told jurors, they buried Silva's remains in a spot where Capozzi said ''nobody would find her."
Silva's body has never been found, the jury has been told, but hair and blood with her DNA were found at a Danvers dumpster.
Meuse committed suicide in prison in 1997.
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