A Randallstown man who said a murder-for-hire plot by his wife and her lover left him a nervous wreck lost his claim against the other man for monetary damages yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
The jury deliberated about three hours before rejecting Louis A. Lolli's claim against Manuel S. Fram, a Pikesville businessman. Mr. Lolli, 56, of the 3700 block of Trent Road sued claiming conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Last week, he testified that he couldn't stop thinking about the plot, in which he was to have been killed and thrown into the trunk of car, which was then to have been crushed. The plot was foiled when the alleged hit man, whom Mr. Fram paid $10,000, turned out to be an undercover state trooper.
Mr. Lolli said he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, with symptoms including nightmares, sleeplessness, chain smoking, headaches, stomach problems, impotence -- and an 11-pin drop in his bowling average.
According to testimony at the trial, Mr. Fram, 60, owner of Fram Monument Co., started an affair with Nancy A. Lolli, 49, in 1972. Mrs. Lolli was Mr. Fram's secretary at the time. Mr. Lolli suspected the affair in 1979 and also knew that his wife had been seeing a New York man for more than three years.
Mr. Fram testified that Mrs. Lolli convinced him that her husband was abusing her and that she then hounded him for years until he agreed to the plot. Mr. Lolli denied beating his wife.
David Freishtat, Mr. Fram's attorney, hammered away at the fact that Mr. Lolli stayed with his wife for two months after the plot unraveled and still has not divorced her.
"He was sleeping with the co-conspirator," Mr. Freishtat said.
L. Robert Evans, Mr. Lolli's attorney, told the jury, "The theory that Nancy and Lou conspired to set up this thing is almost as outrageous as what Mr. Fram did: hiring a killer to kill Lou."
Mrs. Lolli pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy in 1992 but received no prison time -- with Mr. Lolli's consent, Mr. Freishtat noted. Mr. Fram, convicted of solicitation of murder, served eight months in prison, then had two heart attacks and was placed on home detention for five months.
Mrs. Lolli was named in the suit but settled by giving up her interest in the family home, its furnishings and Mr. Lolli's pension with CSX Transportation.
tTC "Manny Fram was sexually addicted to Nancy," Mr. Freishtat said. He also said Mr. Lolli "has a hate-love relationship [with her] and is addicted just like Manny Fram."