A Tampa, Florida plastic surgeon has been arrested and charged with homicide after a lawyer representing the corporate he was suing disappeared beneath disturbing circumstances — and has been presumed useless.
Legal professional Steven Cozzi (pictured above, proper) went to work final Tuesday similar to some other day. However he didn’t return residence on the finish of the day — or ever once more. Cozzi’s mom Lois instructed WFLA:
“As a household, we’re frantic with fear and numb with worry over Steven’s disappearance.”
The Largo Police Division instructed Fox13 the lawyer was reported lacking — and nearly instantly foul play was suspected. Video surveillance confirmed Cozzi by no means left the workplace, and he left behind essential private gadgets — reminiscent of his pockets, keys, cellular phone, and automobile. It was as if he’d vanished into skinny air — and that didn’t sit proper with investigators.
A forensics staff working with native legislation enforcement investigated Cozzi’s observe and rapidly observed a really sturdy chemical scent coming from the boys’s rest room. Maybe as a result of somebody had tried to wash? There have been a pair drops of blood seen. However upon additional inspection, police had been horrified to discover a “vital” quantity of blood within the rest room. On account of all of the proof left behind at what seemed to be a criminal offense scene, they now had a lead and an enormous query: who was the final individual to see Steve Cozzi alive?
Investigators famous the final automobile seen on the lawyer’s workplace and rapidly related the dots to Tomasz Roman Kosowski (above, left), a 44-year-old with sturdy connections to Cozzi. As police seemed by way of each of the boys’s historical past, they discovered Cozzi was representing the Laufer Institute of Plastic Surgical procedure in a current authorized case — one introduced on by Kosowski. Hmm… very suspicious.
Based on The Tampa Bay Instances, Kosowski had slapped the corporate — his former employer — with a lawsuit for negligence, breach of contract, and fraudulent misrepresentation. On the very morning Cozzi disappeared, the surgeon had filed motions to compel testimony and a request for closing judgment within the case. He was preventing a troublesome authorized battle — and Cozzi was the lawyer on the opposite facet. Then, in any case that, the lawyer instantly vanished?
Every thing lined up manner too conveniently! So the LPD received a warrant to look the plastic surgeon’s residence — and had been capable of acquire sufficient proof to arrest him and cost him with first diploma homicide! Kosowski was stopped in visitors and brought into police custody the place he stays. It’s unclear if Cozzi’s physique has been discovered — legislation enforcement hasn’t disclosed precisely what they present in his residence — nevertheless it appears the lawyer’s household is nicely on their solution to getting closure. And justice.
We’ll be sure you hold you up to date as this case continues to develop…
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