Prosecutors filed a notice Friday to seek the death penalty against a plastic surgeon who allegedly murdered a missing lawyer and left a bloody crime scene in the bathroom. A grand jury also indicted Tomasz Roman Kosowski, 44, on Thursday, online records show.
The state maintains that the plastic surgeon killed attorney Steven Cozzi for financial gain, that the crime was “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel” and that the killing “was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any moral pretense or legal justification.” “
Cozzi represented defendants in several cases on behalf of Kosowski’s former employer, Dunedin Surgical Consultants. Kosowski sued the company, alleging the company hired a new insurance adjuster who mishandled claims.
As previously reported, Cozzi disappeared on March 21 from an office building in Pinellas County, Florida. He left behind his wallet, cell phones and car keys, and his vehicle remained in the parking lot. The man who reported him missing described going into the public bathroom of the office building and discovering blood smeared on the door, the stall wall and the bottom of the toilet.
Surveillance footage never showed Cozzi leaving the business, according to the Largo Police Department. What the footage allegedly showed, however, was a gray Toyota Tundra arriving shortly after 1 p.m. 8.30. An unidentified man entered the office building carrying a large box and a large backpack.
Cozzi arrived minutes after this man, officers said.
“At 10:22 a.m., the subject, who has a similar build to the first subject, carrying the same backpack, exits the building and appears to have changed clothes,” police wrote. “He is seen pulling behind him a large cart that appears to be heavy and has a red bag or blanket. It should be noted that the subject struggled with the weight of the wagon while transporting it to the Toyota Tundra.
Without specifying the nature of the case, police noted that Cozzi missed a “phone court hearing” at 6 p.m. 10:30, which was to be held with Kosowski.
“As soon as the defendant disconnects from the hearing, video captures the subject at the crime scene beginning to move again,” authorities wrote.
Investigators claimed to have found Kosowski’s fingerprints in the office building’s break room, an area not normally open to the public.
Law enforcement said they executed a search warrant on Kosowski’s Toyota Corolla.
“During the search, a ballistic vest was found in the trunk of the vehicle with a significant amount of blood on it,” officers wrote.
There was a bag on the passenger floor that contained masks, a taser, brass knuckles, duct tape, the sedative succinylcholine and syringes, investigators said.
Vanessa Bein and Jason Kandel contributed to this report.
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