The former Brooklyn prosecutor who put alleged “Grid Kid killer” John Giuca behind bars for a 2003 murder now says she isn’t sure if she handed over an audio recording that Giuca’s side says would have cleared him, according to court papers filed Thursday.
Former Assistant District Attorney Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, who now hosts a true crime show called “True Conviction” where she brags about her perfect record in the courtroom, is accused by Giuca’s side of burying a recording of her interview with a jailhouse snitch who said Giuca didn’t kill Mark Fisher.
The snitch, Joseph Ingram, told Nicolazzi that he chatted up Antonio Russo, Giuca’s co-defendant, while the two men were on a bus ride together from Rikers Island to Bellevue Hospital, Giuca’s side claims.
Russo told Ingram that he was the one who killed Fisher after a party at Giuca’s house in Prospect Park South, according to Ingram’s version of events.
Nicolazzi was the lead prosecutor on Giuca’s case and in 2005 had filed papers stating that she would turn over every audio recording of interviews with prosecution witnesses.
But the TV-star prosecutor conceded in November that she “cannot say with certainty” that she handed over the recording of her interview with Ingram, Giuca’s new filing complains.
“How is that even an issue for an honest prosecutor?” Giuca’s attorney Mark Bederow told The Post. “The shine is really coming off of her.”
Since his arrest for Fisher’s murder, Giuca has been at the center of a complicated and seemingly endless legal saga.
Giuca was convicted of murder in 2005 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
In February 2018, a mid-level appeals court in Brooklyn vacated Giuca’s conviction.
The Ingram recording didn’t come to light until a few months later, after Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal conducted a “box by box” review of the evidence from the Giuca case, court papers state.
But by that time, the Brooklyn DA’s office had taken its case to the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.
Because of the timing of the Brooklyn DA’s appeal, the high court did not take the Ingram recording into account when it decided in June 2019 to reinstate Giuca’s conviction.
Giuca case is now back in Brooklyn Supreme Court, where he is fighting to get a new trial.
Nicolazzi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office also did not respond to a request for comment, but a prosecutor working on the case argued in court papers that there is “no reasonable possibility” that the Ingram recording would have led jurors to acquit Giuca.