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April 11, 1989 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Attempted murder charges against reputed mob captain Michael Anthony Rizzitello and associate Joseph Angelo Grosso should be dismissed because the prosecution withheld "substantial" evidence "favorable" to the defendants, their lawyers argued Monday in court. Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans, who is prosecuting Rizzitello and Grosso for the 1987 gangland-style shooting of William C. Carroll, scoffed at the accusation, made by Rizzitello attorney Anthony P. Brooklier and Grosso attorney Michael T. Kenney.
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April 30, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cavernous Mustang Club on Harbor Boulevard was once a bar owner's dream. Every night, a mix of coat-and-tie yuppies, beer-bellied bikers and off-duty soldiers crowded around a horseshoe-shaped bar, attracted by the loud rock music and the topless dancers. "The money was just pouring in," said one law enforcement official. But with success came violence.
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February 6, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Carroll, the major investor in the now-defunct Mustang topless bar, had no reason to lie when he accused Michael Anthony Rizzitello of shooting him three times in the head, leaving him permanently blind, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. In closing arguments at Rizzitello's trial on attempted murder charges, Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans contended that Carroll kept quiet for 18 months after the shooting "because he was scared." "He's afraid from the get-go," Evans said.
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December 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man convicted of holding topless bar owner William Carroll down while Carroll was shot in the head was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison by a Superior Court judge in Santa Ana. Prosecutors say Joseph Angelo Grosso, 46, held Carroll by the legs while Michael Rizzitello--identified by law enforcement officials an organized crime figure--fired three shots into Carroll's head. The prosecutors say Rizzitello, whose case is pending, wanted to gain control of Carroll's Mustang Club.
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November 16, 1989
Joseph Angelo Grosso was convicted Wednesday of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy in the shooting of Santa Ana nightclub financier William Carroll. The conviction could have implications for Los Angeles racketeer Michael Anthony Rizzitello, who is scheduled to go on trial for the Carroll shooting Dec. 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1989
A Superior Court judge Tuesday was forced to grant separate trials for two men accused of trying to kill Mustang Bar investor C. William Carroll, when one of the defendants refused-against his attorney's advice-to allow anymore postponements. Joseph Angelo Grosso, 46, went on trial Tuesday before Superior Court Judge John L. Flynn Jr. His co-defendant, convicted racketeer Michael Anthony Rizzitello, 62, will be tried in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ
A reputed organized crime figure already serving time in state prison for his part in the near-fatal shooting of a Santa Ana topless bar operator has been sentenced on theft charges in an unrelated case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
An attorney for the late Jimmy Casino, the former operator of the Mustang Club, testified Monday that he thinks the man who assumed control of that topless tavern after Casino's slaying in 1987 was involved in the death. Joe A. Dickerson testified that he begged Casino not to sign a document that transferred the Mustang Club's lease to C. William Carroll should Casino default on more than $200,000 in loans Carroll had made to him to finance the bar.
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October 17, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mustang Club investor C. William Carroll, blinded in a shooting two years ago, used hand motions Monday to describe to jurors in a rare Orange County racketeering trial how both his assailants held him down before firing three bullets into his head. This morning, Superior Court Judge John L. Flynn Jr. is expected to take jurors to the loading dock of the courthouse in Santa Ana so that Carroll can demonstrate what happened in the same rented Honda in which the shooting occurred.
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January 17, 1990 | JERRY HICKS
Reputed racketeer Michael Anthony Rizzitello did not shoot and leave for dead a Mustang Club topless bar financier, but he ended up charged with the crime as a result of a deal prosecutors made with the victim, Rizzitello's defense attorney said in court Tuesday. William Carroll, 57, was left blind when shot three times in the head in a Costa Mesa parking garage near midnight on April 30, 1981.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ
A reputed organized crime figure already serving time in state prison for his part in the near-fatal shooting of a Santa Ana topless bar operator has been sentenced on theft charges in an unrelated case.
NEWS
December 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man convicted of holding topless bar owner William Carroll down while Carroll was shot in the head was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison by a Superior Court judge in Santa Ana. Prosecutors say Joseph Angelo Grosso, 46, held Carroll by the legs while Michael Rizzitello--identified by law enforcement officials an organized crime figure--fired three shots into Carroll's head. The prosecutors say Rizzitello, whose case is pending, wanted to gain control of Carroll's Mustang Club.
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December 13, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Angelo Grosso was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison Tuesday for his role in the 1987 racketeer-related shooting of William Carroll, who financed the Mustang topless bar. Carroll, 56, who was blinded after being shot three times in the head, clutched his cane as he told the court at the sentencing hearing: "Mr. Grosso was the setup man. I believe the setup man is just as evil as the man who pulls the trigger."
NEWS
November 16, 1989
Joseph Angelo Grosso was convicted Wednesday of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy in the shooting of Santa Ana nightclub financier William Carroll. The conviction could have implications for Los Angeles racketeer Michael Anthony Rizzitello, who is scheduled to go on trial for the Carroll shooting Dec. 11.
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October 18, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
In a chilling re-enactment of a mob-style crime, the financial backer of the notorious Mustang Club bar clambered into a tiny Honda Tuesday and froze in the exact position he was in two years ago when three bullets were pumped into his head and he was left for dead. Joseph Angelo Grosso is on trial for the attack. He and Michael Rizzitello, allegedly a highly placed member of the Los Angeles Mafia, both are accused in the case.
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November 7, 1989 | DAN WEIKEL
Attorneys in the trial of Joseph Angelo Grosso debated in court Monday whether Grosso "slimed his way" into a plot to kill the Mustang Club's chief financier or was an innocent bystander when a reputed mobster shot the nightclub backer three times in the head. Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans and defense lawyer William Yacobozzi Jr. spelled out their versions of the evidence during final arguments before a Superior Court jury.
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November 16, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Angelo Grosso, a longtime FBI informant with ties to organized crime, was convicted Wednesday of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 1987 shooting of Mustang Club financier William Carroll, who had resisted mob efforts to take over the topless bar's operation. Southern California law enforcement officials were excited about the verdict in the closely watched Grosso trial because of its implications for Los Angeles racketeer Michael Anthony Rizzitello.
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November 7, 1989 | DAN WEIKEL
Attorneys in the trial of Joseph Angelo Grosso debated in court Monday whether Grosso "slimed his way" into a plot to kill the Mustang Club's chief financier or was an innocent bystander when a reputed mobster shot the nightclub backer three times in the head. Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans and defense lawyer William Yacobozzi Jr. spelled out their versions of the evidence during final arguments before a Superior Court jury.
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