Trial for teen accused of killing 2 in South Philly delayed until August

Kristen Johanson
January 23, 2019 - 12:10 pm
2017 mug shot of Brandon Olivieri

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The trial for the teenager accused of shooting and killing two others in South Philadelphia has been delayed because of an illness, and now a judge may have to remove a defense attorney. 

Brandon Olivieri was supposed to stand trial this month for the 2017 murder of two 16-year-olds: Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller. However, the case has been delayed until August because the defense attorney has been ill. A judge told Olivieri in court that she may have to remove that attorney, but she is reluctant to do so.  

She says the case is quickly becoming one of the oldest moving through the legal system, as 17-year-old Olivieri was arrested a year and a half ago.

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Sources close to the investigation say they are also looking into claims of intimidation toward witnesses and possibly toward a former prosecutor.

Olivieri is accused of planning DiNubile's murder after a dispute. Prosecutors say Miller was in the crossfire.

Over the past year and a half, tension has been building between the two sides, including a courthouse fight between supporters of DiNubile and Olivieri in June. About a dozen officers had to break up the fight. A senior judge later scolded both sides.

During the preliminary hearing last year, a teenage witness refused to take the stand, but the judge ordered he must testify or be held in contempt.

Sources say there have also been people waiting outside of entrances, intimidating family members and witnesses.

DiNubile's father, Salvatore, was arrested last year for making threats to a friend of the defendant. And Marc Malerba, a friend of Olivieri, was charged with making threats and getting rid of the murder weapon.

District attorney officials say the case is complex, and they are looking into every potential threat or intimidation claim. They say they will prosecute to the "fullest extent of the law."