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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mafia turncoat Anthony Arillotta to face second day of cross examination

Mafia turncoat Anthony J. Arillotta, of Springfield, will continue with a second day of cross-examination by defense lawyers in an ongoing mob murder trial in Manhattan where he has featured as the foundation of the prosecution's case against two of his former enforcers.
Arillotta, 42, testified for nearly three days against Fotios "Freddy" Geas, of West Springfield, brother Ty Geas, of Westfield, and Arillotta's onetime New York-based mob boss, Arthur "Artie" Nigro, of Bronx, NY.
Arillotta calmly told jurors about the 2003 murders of Genovese captain Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno, gunned down amid a power play Arillotta helped orchestrate, and Arillotta's brother-in-law, Gary D. Westerman, whom Arillotta arranged to have shot and buried in a wooded lot in Agawam.
A defense lawyer for Nigro began attempting to tear down the government's star witness Monday afternoon, attacking his motives for testifying under a plea deal.
"Do you consider yourself an honest man, Mr. Arillotta?" defense attorney Lawrence Hochheiser asked during cross-examination.
"At times, yes," he responded.
The Geases and Nigro face life in prison if convicted. Bruno shooter Frankie A. Roche is expected to testify this week, according to lawyers in the case.



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