The Associated Press
BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) -- Investigators in this borough near Pittsburgh
are criticizing their counterparts in Ohio, who are investigating the
6-year-old death of a medical student.
Anthony Proviano, 29, of Baldwin, was found shot in the chest with
his own gun behind a hotel along Interstate 70 in Belmont County,
Ohio, on Dec. 28, 1997 -- five days after his family expected him
home from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His car
was found nearby in a hotel parking lot, its trunk filled with
Baldwin Police Chief Chris Kelly and Bill Fera, a retired Allegheny
County homicide investigator who is donating his time to Proviano's
family, said Ohio prosecutors have failed to identify and interview
witnesses, despite having what they say is enough evidence to charge
a Washington County couple.
Dan Fry, assistant prosecutor in Belmont County, dismissed the criticism.
"It is moving forward as (far as) we're concerned," Fry told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a story Thursday. "This is an honest
disagreement as to what is a prosecutable case and what is not. With
all due respect to Chief Kelly, he has not tried a case in a
courtroom. I have for 25 years."
A Belmont County grand jury heard evidence two years ago but didn't
return any indictments.
Since then, Marlene Smith, 48, the girlfriend of Doug Main, 42, has
implicated him in Proviano's murder in both conversations with
friends and a videotaped statement to detectives.
Kelly said Smith told friends, "Me and Doug robbed a guy. Doug shot
him and left him for dead. We were so scared we left all the
Christmas presents in the car."
A number for a Doug Main in Washington rang unanswered Thursday.
"The most frustrating part of this is we have (Smith) in her own
words talking about the death and disposal of Anthony's body and it
has not generated any form of recognition from Belmont County
officials. This is incompetence at the highest level," Kelly said.
Kelly said Smith offered to testify against Main last year in
exchange for immunity, but said Belmont prosecutors haven't even
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Fry said his office wants to "gauge the credibility" of witnesses in
the case before taking it to another grand jury.