Trial Begins in Deadly Shooting Involving Brothers

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HONESDALE -- A jury heard opening statements and testimony Monday in the trial involving a deadly shooting between brothers in Wayne County.

Prosecutors told the jury Antonio Cilino wanted to kill his brother Joseph over a love triangle and shot his brother in 2016.

Antonio Cilino faces first-degree murder after that shooting near Honesdale in September of 2016. His defense attorney says the shooting happened by accident as the two brothers fought.

Brooke Swingle testified she was romantically involved with Joseph Cilino at the time of the shooting, but she had spent eight years with his brother and the two even had a child together.

Investigators say the night of the shooting, Antonio Cilino drove after Swingle and his brother. They ended up off Eighmy Road near Beach Lake where the shooting happened.

Joseph Cilino died from a gunshot to the chest.

His brother Antonio soon surrendered to police still wearing bloodsoaked clothes.

During opening statements, prosecutors say Antonio Cilino told people he would kill his brother, but the defense says Joseph Cilino started the fight and the shooting was an accident.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning, and the jury could have a verdict by Wednesday at the latest.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Antonio Cilino would get life in prison.

2 comments

  • METOO

    So, there you have it. ITALIANS!!! How come we don’t have a profile here? We need to identify every single criminal by their race and ethnicity. I told you all there was an Italian problem and did you listen to me???

    • psychos among us

      You mean you don’t recall the trailer trash father-n-son team who killed the grandfather? The father’s dad…so sweet..

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