Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello Gets a New Trial Date for Miami Subs Founder Murder
Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, who, along with Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari, had been accused of having Miami Subs founder Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis rubbed out in a Mob-style hit, has been given a new trial date after his original trial was granted a mistrial.
Big Tony's defense lawyer had comedown with an illness back in October, forcing the mistrial.
His alleged accomplice in the murder, Little Tony, was found guilty of murder and murder conspiracy, and was sentenced to life in prison.
The new trial for Big Tony has been set for October 13.
In September, prosecutors and defense lawyers are set to select a jury. The challenge for Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes will be whether or not to have the new jury sequestered, as this is a high-profile case that has been, and will continue to be, all over the news.
The previous jury was sequestered in a hotel for 25 days for this reason. Things came to an end and a mistrial was granted after Big Tony's attorney David Bogenschutz became ill. The trial was delayed for five days before mistrial was granted.
Big Tony and Little Tony were accused of putting together the plot to have Boulis killed on the night of February 6, 2001.
On the night of his death, Boulis, who was also the owner of SunCruz Casinos, pulled out of his Fort Lauderdale office in his car when two cars approached him. A person in the car that appeared in the opposite direction shot Boulis before screeching off.
According to investigators, Boulis drove a mile toward Federal Highway and SE 18th Street, where he crashed into a tree on the side of the road and died from his gunshot wounds.
The killing was motivated by a deal between Boulis and a businessman named Adam Kidan that went sour.
Kidan brokered a deal to purchase SunCruz Casinos from Boulis for $147.5 million in 2000. However, the deal would be deemed fraudulent. Boulis accused Kidan of falsifying the wire transfer, and things came to a head when the two got into a fistfight in December 2000.
Fearful of Boulis, prosecutors told jurors that Kidan hired Big Tony for protection; Moscatiello brought Little Tony along.
During the trial, witnesses testified that Little Tony was a captain in the infamous Gambino organized crime family.