Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari took the stand Wednesday in his own defense in the Gus Boulis murder trial. NBC 6's Christina Hernandez reports.
Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari took the stand Wednesday in his own defense in the Gus Boulis murder trial.
His attorney, Chris Grillo, advised against it.
"This makes no legal sense to me," Grillo told the judge. "I can't do it."
Seconds later, he emotionally told his client, "Bury yourself. I'm not going to be a part of it."
The fight between client and attorney took a couple of hours. In the end, the judge said testifying was ulitmately Ferrari's decision.
Ferrari is on trial for orchestrating the murder 2001 of Boulis, the founder of Miami Subs and SunCruz Casinos.
"I never threatened to kill anyone in my life," the defendant said. "I never thought about killing anybody in my life. I never wanted to kill anybody in my life. It's just not in my DNA to even think about killing anyone."
For the past four weeks, witnesses have been testifying against Ferrari testifing he not only wanted Gus Boulis dead, but he wanted everyone who knew about the murder dead too. Ferrari testified he didn't even know some of those witnesses, but they were the ones to blame. He even called state prosecutors names.
"The pimps that are sitting over there hired all those whores over there, gave them everything, walked everybody out of here, murderers are walking out of here. For what? To testify for what?" Ferrari angrily said.
He added, "I'm here fighting for my life. I'm here for crimes I had nothing to do with. I'm also here for Gus Boulis."
Later, Ferrari said Boulis was a nice and good man.
Prosecutor Greg Rossman and the defendant went back and forth in arguments over asking questions and answering questions.
Multiple times during Ferrari's testimony, he used profanity and the jury was ordered out of the room.
Once, the judge said, "You don't get a free pass to disrespect the jury."
Ferrari responded, "I disagree. I don't think I direspected them."
After that, Ferrari's attorney told him, "Just be quiet."
Ferrari is one of three people charged with the murder. James "Pudgy" Fiorillo plead guilty. Anthony "Big Tony" Moscateillo will be tried later. His case ended in a mistrial after his attorney fell too ill to proceed.