Defense: key witness in Boulis trial lied
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Testimony of James "Pudgy" Fiorillo continued but the defense claims Fiorillo lied during cross-examinations.
The Gus Boulis murder trial continued Wednesday with cross-examination of Fiorillo, one of the state's key witnesses. Fiorillo has already pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, and in exchange for his testimony, he will not spend anymore time in jail.
Fiorillo said he knew of Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari's and Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello's plans to kill Boulis. Boulis was shot to death in his car in Fort Lauderdale.
Prosecutors said the two Tonys wanted Boulis dead after a business deal went bad.
Tuesday "Pudgy" testified that he not only knew of the murder plot, but that he was the one who disposed of the murder weapon. "Pulled off to the side and just threw it in the air as far and as deep as I could," Fiorillo said.
Wednesday, the defense attorneys did what they could to discredit the witness, pointing out to jurors discrepancies in his testimonies. "Were you there when Gus Boulis was shot?" a defense attorney asked.
"No," Fiorillo answered.
A different version of the story was given to authorities a few months prior. "You were asked, 'Well, were you there when Gus Boulis was shot?' and you're answer being 'Yeah, yeah. I said that already.' Remember that?" the defense attorney asked.
"Yes." Fiorillo said.
Fiorillo has every incentive to tell the truth. In his deal with the prosecution, lying on the stand would send him to prison for 30 years.
The trial continues Thursday morning. Both Tonys face the death penalty, if convicted.
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