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Trial begins in '01 slaying of Fla. businessman

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor is telling jurors the 2001 mob-style slaying of a South Florida businessman was coldly and carefully planned to end a power struggle over a casino cruise fleet.

Broward County prosecutor Gregg Rossman pointed the finger Monday at Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari. Rossman told jurors the pair orchestrated a hit against Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis to prevent him from regaining power over SunCruz Casinos. Boulis was fatally shot in his car in Fort Lauderdale.

If convicted, they could get the death penalty. A third suspect pleaded guilty last year to murder conspiracy and will testify for the prosecution.

Defense lawyers give opening statements later Monday.

Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a partner pleaded guilty to fraud in purchasing SunCruz and did prison time.



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