Decision in Cilio Case Will Be Made Next Week: Offer Hypodermic Needle Found In Grooms Trunk as Evidence, Daily Racing Form, 1948-06-11


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Decision in Cilio Case Will Be Made Next Week WeekOffer Offer Hypodermic Needle Found In Grooms Trunk as Evidence EvidenceIntroduction Introduction as evidence of a hypodermic needle found in the trunk of Joseph Francis Staunton was reason for consider ¬ able discussion yesterday as the case of Angelo Cilio reached a nearclimatic point insofar as the Illinois Racing Board is con ¬ cerned at the boards downtown offices Staunton is the groom who maintains that he held the horse Richwall while trainer Cilio administered a stimulant on the day of June 1 when Richwall was victorious at the Lincoln FieldsatWashington meeting meetingStaunton Staunton however denied ownership of the needle exhibited before the board but added that he thought he hati a similar type of needle in the trunk He alleged that his trunk had been tampered with and possibly opened before it was examined by representatives of both the defense and the board Wednesday WednesdayWhen When the hearing opened Tuesday of this week it was revealed that Cilios trunks in the tack rooms had been opened and examined but that those belonging to Staunton had not been opened or examined by representatives of the board Maj Ednyfed H Williams chairman of the Illi nois Racing Board ordered that the grooms trunks be opened and minutely in ¬ spected This was effected yesterday in the presence of William A Hamilton a steward and Dr Martin F Kent both rep repContinued Continued on Page Thres Decision in Cilio Case Will Be Made Next Week WeekOffer Offer Hypodermic Needle Found In Grooms Trunk as Evidence EvidenceContinued Continued from Page One Oneresenting resenting the Illinois Racing Board and George A Williams a private investigator representing the defendant among others othersDuring During the course of testimony it was stated that when one of the grooms trunks was opened the first time a number of medicine containers were found but that no hypodermic needle was discovered This action took place in a tack room However when the same trunk was moved outside under the shedrow a hypodermic needle was discovered Steward Hamilton testi ¬ fied that there was no liquid of any kind in the needle at the time timeUpon Upon crossexamination Staunton con ¬ fessed that he had used a hypodermic needle some five years ago for the purpose of blocking a horse at Charles Town W Va He added that he used varied drugs to administer this treatment treatmentNearing Nearing the termination of yesterdays hearing Cilio himself took the stand and once again protested his innocence and tes tified that Im being framed During the heat of crossexamination he became vir ¬ tually hysterical on occasions and persist ¬ ently strayed away from the questions at hand while dramatically sobbing and occa ¬ sionally screaming screamingCilios Cilios general answer to inquiries before the trial was I cant remember They confused me with so many questions and because I no speak English so good they took advantage of me He vehemently denied ever having been in Richwalls stall on the day of the race and said that he never had administered a hyperdermic needle into Richwalls chest at any time although testimony of investigators at the previous hearing related that he Cilio had confessed using a needle on the horse but that he thought the medicine contained in the hypodermic was penicillin penicillinBill Bill Carroll a 16yearold exercise boy in Cilios employ was another to contradict alleged statements he had made to investi ¬ gators before the hearing proceeded Yes ¬ terday he said Cilio did not at any time enter the horses stall on the day of the race and he testified that Staunton had previously remarked I would like to use some of my own medicines on these horses We could win a lot of races racesCarroll Carroll said he did not answer early questioning truthfully because I didnt want to become involved involvedCilio Cilio told the board that he was born in Buenos Airies that he came to this country in 1925 He has been training horses he said for seven or eight yeais yeaisPrior Prior to completing the hearing Major Williams reported that the public has been defrauded of some 47000 that was wa ¬ gered on other horses against Richwall if it is proven that Richwall was stimulated What action would be taken however he did not mention mentionWilliams Williams and the board took the case under advisement with the decision due early next week Others who figured in yesterdays hearing were Dr Joseph Burch a veterinarian who said he had previously administered treatment to the horse Rich wall Eugene Cilio Cilios 19yearold son who serves as stable foreman and John G i Goode a steward serving at Lincoln Fields

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