For the second time in the Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis murder trial, a convicted murderer took the stand. Paul Brandreth said the defendant, Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari, tried to hire him to kill people who knew about the 2001 slaying of the South Florida businessman.
The founder of Miami Subs and SunCruz Casinos was gunned down leaving his Fort Lauderdale office on Feb. 6, 2001. Investigators say he was targeted after the sale of SunCruz became messy, leaving a lot of money at stake.
"Little Tony" allegedly helped plan the murder of Boulis, and Brandreth said Monday that Ferrari was trying to cover his tracks.
Brandreth testified, "He said, 'Somebody's gotta disappear.' I said, 'What for? He said, 'Somebody was in the wrong place at the wrong time and they're running their mouth and they need to go. How much?' Before I could name a price, he said '10 grand.' Then he said, excuse my language, 'F--- it, all three for 30.'"
Ferrari, 56, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
A mystery witness and admitted killer who went by the name of Nick DiMaggio in court testified in the case last Wednesday, saying that Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello offered him $100,000 to kill Boulis.
Moscatiello, 75, was Ferrari’s codefendant, but a mistrial was declared for him last Thursday because his lawyer was not healthy enough to continue with the case. He is expected to be tried again at a later date.
Brandreth said he was asked to kill three people – all who knew about what happened the night Boulis was killed. The three were: Ferrari’s girlfriend, Dwayne Nicholson who worked security for “Little Tony,” and James "Pudgy" Fiorillo who acted as a gofer or errand boy for Ferrari.
Brandreth said he never killed anyone. He testified that Moscatiello was supposed to provide the money and weapon for the would-be first hit against Fiorillo in New York City, but when he arrived, he said he didn't get any help from the two who allegedly hired him.
"He (Moscatiello) thought I was going to give him some poisonous coke or something," Brandreth said. "I said, 'What do I look like, a (expletive) chemist to you? I don't know anything about that.'"
Brandreth said the plan, or lack of a plan, was a nightmare.
"So I'm like what am I supposed to do? Choke the guy in the street and put him on my f---ing shoulder and carry him somewhere?” Brandreth testified. “I said, 'you guys need to prepare.'"
After that Brandreth wasn't involved, and all three people lived.
Fiorillo pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in Boulis’ death. As part of his plea deal with prosecutors he agreed to testify against Ferrari and Moscatiello, which he did earlier this month.