Alleged killer of Gambino crime family boss pleads innocent as lawyer frets about his client's safety
Added 04-24-19 12:25:02pm EST - “Accused killer of Gambino family boss appears in Staten Island courtoom to enter plea of innocent. Defense attorney expressed concern for well-being of client -- who remains in protective custody.” - Nydailynews.com
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The accused killer of the Gambino crime family boss stood serenely Wednesday before pleading innocent to murder charges during a brief Staten Island court appearance.
A relaxed-looking Anthony Comello, 24, was jailed without bail as his attorney expressed fears about the accused killer’s continued safety behind bars and announced plans for a pre-trial release application which would include an ankle bracelet.
“He’s very hopeful, he’s very optimistic,” defense attorney Robert Gottlieb said of Comello. “He remains in protective custody. He’s been receiving medical attention, but he is very upbeat. He knows what happened here, why it happened.”
Comello was arrested March 16 for the brutal execution three days earlier of Mafia boss Frank (Franky Boy) Cali outside his Staten Island home. Comello arrived at the home inside his truck, crashed the vehicle into the mobster’s parked SUV and opened fire on the unsuspecting Cali when the boss came out to investigate, cops said.
Sources indicated the suspect’s fingerprint was recovered from a license plate on the victim’s damaged Cadillac Escalade. Comello was officially indicted for second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.
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