State, defense rest in Anthony 'Big Tony' Moscatiello murder trial

Anthony 'Big Tony' Moscatiello charged with 2001 killing of Gus Boulis


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The state rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello.

Defense attorneys told the judge that they would not be calling any witnesses to the stand, resting their case as well.

Moscatiello is accused of orchestrating the mob-style murder of South Florida businessman and Miami Subs founder Gus Boulis.

According to police, Boulis was driving home from his office in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 1, 2001, when he was boxed in by three drivers and shot dead.

A man who admitted to being ordered to get rid of the murder weapon testified against Moscatiello on Monday.

James "Pudgy" Fiorillo told the court that he threw the gun off a Miami Beach bridge.

Witnesses said the gunman, John "J.J." Gurino, was later killed in a dispute with a Boca Raton delicatessen owner.

Fiorillo accepted a plea deal with the state, agreeing to testify against Moscatiello and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari in exchange for pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.  He served 6 1/2 years in prison and has since been released.

Ferrari was found guilty of murder in 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The jury in Moscatiello's trial was released Wednesday afternoon and told to return to court at 9 a.m. Monday for closing arguments. The jury will be sequestered during deliberations.

Moscatiello faces the death penalty if convicted. He has denied that he has ties to the Gambino crime family.

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