Boulis suspect testifies at bond hearing

State wants bond revoked for suspect in case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - One of the three men accused in the killing of Miami Subs founder Gus Boulis testified against another suspect in the case Tuesday.

James "Pudgy" Fiorillo struck a deal with prosecutors last week to testify against the other two suspects, Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari and Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, both of whom are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Moscatiello is currently free on $500,000 bond, lives in Miami and has permission to travel outside Florida for family functions in New York. The state is trying to revoke his bond.

Boulis' sister and other relatives were present at his bond hearing Tuesday, when Fiorillo testified.

Fiorillo spoke about doing surveillance on Boulis at his office for two weeks before the 2001 killing and also detailed what he said was his responsibility as a lookout on the day of the killing.

"I was told to let him know that whoever, who was coming out of the building and where they were walking to," Fiorillo said.

Fiorillo insisted he did not witness the killing but only acted as a lookout.

"I told them that a gentleman was leaving the building and walking towards the dark-colored four-door BMW," Fiorillo said.

Boulis was shot after leaving a meeting at his Fort Lauderdale office. When his vehicle pulled out, he was ambushed, blocked in by one driver as another pulled up alongside his vehicle and started shooting. Boulis tried to drive to a hospital but smashed his vehicle into a tree on Federal Highway and died soon after.

Fiorillo said that after the killing, he helped dump the car used in the shooting and tossed the gun into a river.

He also spoke about an alternative plan that never came to be.

"There was also a point in time when there was a suggestion of getting a rifle and a scope and trying to find Mr. Boulis in his building at that point in time if we were to kill him," Fiorillo said.

Fiorillo remains in protective custody. If he fails to testify truthfully, he could face 30 years in prison.

His testimony could have a bearing on whether Moscatiello is allowed to remain free on bond or if he will be locked up until his trial later this year.

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