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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Jealous mob boss ordered murder of NYPD cop

Jealous mafia boss ‘ordered murder of NYPD cop over ex-wife’
A jealous mafia boss ordered the 1997 assassination of an NYPD cop because the officer had the nerve to marry his ex-wife, prosecutors said during opening statements at former Colombo consigliere Joel Cacace’s murder trial in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday.
The aging mob heavyweight is accused of orchestrating the vicious slaying of Ralph Dols outside of the Gravesend home he shared with Cacace’s ex-wife, Kim Kennaugh, and their infant child.
“Officer Dols was gunned down for one reason,” said prosecutor Sam Nitze. “He married the former wife of a high-ranking member of the mafia.”
Nitze painted Cacace as a potent force within the formerly powerful crime clan whose blood-soaked orders were executed by eager underlings without question.
“They knew that an order from Joel Cacace was an order they had to follow,” Nitze said of the men who allegedly carried out the shooting.
“The defendant may not have pulled the trigger but he is responsible because he ordered it,” he said.
But Cacace’s attorney, Susan Kellman, said that there was scant evidence that her client had anything to do with Dols’ murder and that prosecutors were hitching their hopes for a conviction solely on his association with La Cosa Nostra.
Kellman skewered the government’s main witnesses — the shooters — who flipped on Cacace and will testify against him.
Calling them “subhuman,” “maniacs,” and “animals,” Kellman characterized the men as soulless killers who are looking to save their own hide by lying about her client. “It gives me chills to think about the type of crimes they’ve committed,” she told jurors.
With a long graying pony tail and a permanent scowl etched on his face, Cacace looked more Indian chief than mafia boss as he nodded gravely to family members as they filed into the standing room only courtroom.



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