Jury selection was continuing Monday in the long-awaited trial of the two men accused of killing Key Largo hotelier and SunCruz casino owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis in 2001.
Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, 75, and Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari, 57, both face first-degree charges of murder and murder conspiracy.
The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 30 in the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, the city where Boulis was gunned down gangland-style in his car more than 12 years ago. Jury selection began Aug. 12 and lasted more than two weeks.
Boulis was perhaps most famous for founding the SunCruz casino line, which for 14 years operated a boat out of Key Largo's Port Largo canal. SunCruz also had vessels throughout the state. The Key Largo boat stopped operating in 2009.
Among Boulis' other Keys holdings were the Key Largo Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Marina Del Mar Resort, the former Coconuts restaurant and night club and the Marriott Key Largo, which he developed. Gus' Grille in the Marriott is named after Boulis.
His murder came amid a dispute over the $147.5 million sale of the 11-boat SunCruz fleet to a group that included Washington, D.C., lawyer Adam Kidan and disgraced D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Both men eventually pled guilty to fraud in the transaction and served federal prison time. They're not charged in the murder case.
Kidan has since become a prosecutors' witness. At a bond revocation hearing for Moscatiello last year, Kidan testified that he had hired the reputed mobster to protect him from Boulis, according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. But he didn't want Moscatiello to have any contact with Boulis. Kidan alleges that Moscatiello is connected to New York's Gambino crime family. Prosecutors say he arranged the Boulis hit without Kidan's knowledge.
Another government witness is James "Pudgy" Fiorillo, who pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy charges in March 2012 in exchange for no prison time beyond the six years he served awaiting trial.
Like Ferrari and Moscatiello, Fiorillo, 36, was arrested in 2005 in connection with the Boulis slaying.
He testified last year that he helped with the planning and aftermath of the murder, but was not there when Boulis was killed.
In a 2010 interview with the online Broward Bulldog, J. David Bogenschutz, Moscatiello's attorney, questioned Kidan's credibility.
"I want to talk about Adam Kidan," he said. "We think the person who had the most to gain or lose by Gus Boulis' death was not among the people who have been charged."
Moscatiello and Ferrari could face the death penalty if convicted.