Two men being charged together for allegedly planning the murder of Fort Lauderdale businessman Gus Boulis, sat through their second day of trial. The first person to take the stand Tuesday was Robbie Puskarich, who witnessed the shooting. Boulis’ nephew, Spiro Noas, also testified.
Two men being charged together for allegedly planning the murder of Fort Lauderdale businessman Gus Boulis, sat through their second day of trial.
The complex case involves millions of dollars, fraud and even the mob.
The first witness to take the stand Tuesday, was a person who witnessed the shooting.
Robbie Puskarich was driving near downtown Fort Lauderdale that evening. His car was right behind Gus Boulis' when it came to a stop, and shots rang out from a vehicle that pulled up nearby.
"It just affected me really badly," Puskarich said. "I've never been involved in a shooting before and I was fearful of my life. For six months, I was too afriad to leave my house."
So upset during testimony, Puskarich got up and left the courtroom at one point.
The gunman is believed to be dead _ shot and killed in a separate incident.
The two defendants are accused of orchestrating the murder. Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari allegedly got involved because they were caught up in a fraudulent business deal and were after millions of dollars.
Most of the day in court focused on Spiro Noas, the nephew of Gus Boulis. Noas was the COO of SunCruz, the casino boat company Boulis started. After the business was sold, Noas and others related to Boulis, say they were forced out.
"I saw all the belongings had been picked up and in my office," Noas said. "I turned the light on and saw something didn't look right. My ceiling tiles had been moved. I climbed on my desk and two cameras were installed with microphone devices."
Then, he ended his testimony telling jurors about the moment he found out his uncle had been shot and killed.
Also on the stand Tuesday, a business partner who was the last to see Boulis alive as he left his office. The jury also saw some autopsy photos.
If convicted, the two could face the death penalty.