According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, while investigating the crime scene where 62-year-old Stephen Stidd allegedly shot 42-year-old Mel Bizzarro, state police found “the letters ‘MEL’ carved into the lead portion of the remaining live round” in the handgun.
City police got a call at about 9:30 a.m. from Barbara Stidd saying that her son-in-law had been shot behind Togi’s Restaurant at 412 East Main Street. When they arrived and Lt. Steve Caskey asked what happened, Stidd said, “I told him I had a gun.” Stidd then pulled a handgun out of his right front pocket and handed it to Caskey.
A witness, Kevin Rhebergen, was unloading his truck and told police he heard a verbal fight and then heard a gunshot. Rhebergen subsequently saw Bizzarro lying on the ground and Stidd standing near him. State Police Trooper Nicholas Jordan, who is investigating, said in a news release that Stidd and Bizzarro were in a physical and verbal fight just prior to the shooting.
Stidd is charged with criminal homicide and, according to the state crimes code, a person is guilty of criminal homicide "if he intentionaly, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of another human being." The police criminal complaint says, "The defendant, Steven Daniel Stidd, did intentionally kill the victim, Melvin David Bizzarro, by shooting him in the chest with a .38-cal(iber) handgun."
Stidd, is free on $100,000 bail, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
State police, not city police, are handling the investigation because there is a family relationship between the suspect and a city police officer.