FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A self-professed hit man says he was hired to kill the prosecution's star witness to cover tracks in the gangland-style slaying of former SunCruz casino owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis.
Paul Brandreth testified Monday that Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari hired him to kill James "Pudgy" Fiorillo. Fiorillo has pleaded guilty for his part in Boulis' murder and is testifying against his former cohorts for the state.
Brandreth said Ferrari flew him to New York to convince Fiorillo they were going to get him out of town before the cops found him. But Brandreth said, "I was really coming up to kill him."
Brandreth abandoned the plan because he didn't have a gun or enough money.
The defense tried to discredit Brandreth and made frequent references to his lengthy rap sheet and drug history.