'Little Tony' testifying in Fla. murder trial
By CURT ANDERSON
AP Legal Affairs Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari wants to testify in his own defense in his trial for the 2001 mob-style slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman.
Ferrari said Wednesday he insists on taking the stand despite his attorney's strong advice against it. Broward County Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes says it's ultimately Ferrari's decision alone.
Ferrari faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting death of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Prosecution witnesses have testified that Ferrari orchestrated and took part in Boulis' killing by a mob hit man. Evidence indicates Boulis was slain in a power struggle over the lucrative SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.
Fellow defendant Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello got a mistrial because his attorney fell ill. Moscatiello will be retried later.
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