FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A key witness is testifying in a South Florida courtroom about the alleged mob-related plot to kill a prominent businessman in a dispute over a profitable gambling cruise line.
Dwayne Nicholson says he was initially asked by the two men on trial for murder to kill Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis but he refused. Nicholson is back on the stand Thursday in the trial of Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari. Both could get the death penalty if convicted.
Ferrari was apparently caught mouthing threats to Nicholson while he was on the witness stand Wednesday, including calling him a rat. Nicholson formerly handled security for Ferrari. The judge ordered Ferrari to stop.
Boulis was killed in February 2001 shortly after selling SunCruz Casinos, which led to the power struggle.