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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore makes 3 new hires

Mary Pat Carl previously worked for the circuit attorney's office for 14 years, including two years as lead homicide prosecutor.

ST. LOUIS — New St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Gabe Gore, swiftly made three new hires Thursday, including veteran St. Louis prosecutor Mary Pat Carl, Chief Warrant Officer Steven J. Capizzi and former First Assistant Circuit Attorney Terrence O'Toole, Sr.

Mary Pat Carl is returning to take the helm of new St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore's homicide division.

Carl confirmed with 5 On Your Side Thursday that she will step into the role on June 12. She previously worked for the circuit attorney's office for 14 years, including two years as lead homicide prosecutor. She currently works as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Madison County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois.

Carl ran unsuccessful campaigns in 2016 and 2020 against former circuit attorney Kim Gardner, who stepped down in May after months of mounting political and legal pressure.

"It means a great deal to me to return to the Circuit Attorney's Office," Carl said. "It's where I began. I'm a city resident and I'm excited to be part of the rejuvenation of the office."

Carl is the newest familiar face to return to the circuit attorney's office under Gore's leadership. Earlier this week, Gore hired Marvin Teer, one of his predecessor's highest-profile attorneys, to return as his chief trial assistant. 

Teer, a former St. Louis city court judge who handled traffic cases, resigned in March from the circuit attorney's office after less than two years on the job.

Steven Capizzi returns to the office as chief warrant officer. He served the city for 15 years, prosecuting more than a thousand cases in the Circuit Attorney’s Office, according to a press release.

“It is very important to me that an office I hold so dear is successful. I am excited about the opportunity to come back and assist in returning the office to a respectful and fair cornerstone in the community,” Capizzi said in the release.

Capizzi is expected to begin work in mid-June. 

The third hire, O’Toole, has worked alongside Gore in private practice for many years, the release said.

O’Toole served as First Assistant Circuit Attorney from 1976-1978. He will begin work on Friday, June 2, 2023, as a senior advisor.


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