A Manhattan federal judge has set an April 16, 2012 trial date for the freshly-extradited Emilio Fusco in the 2003 murders of Genovese capo Adolfo Bruno and mob associate Gary Westerman in Springfield, MA over concerns the pair were cooperating with the government as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican.
As Fusco fought the extradition proceedings in Italy he missed the racketeering trial at which his three co-defendants -- onetime Genovese acting boss Arthur Nigro and Greek brothers Freddy and Ty Geas -- were convicted last April. The government's evidence in that case rested largely on the testimony of flipped gangsters including Genovese capos Anthony "Bingy" Arillotta and Felix Tranghese, and given their effectiveness on the stand one wonders whether Fusco will join them in the witness protection program rather than trying to beat the rap at trial. Nigro and the brothers Geas now are serving life sentences following their convictions in the Bruno slaying, and surely Fusco can read the handwriting on the wall.
Fusco previously has been convicted for racketeering and loan sharking, and while he was out on bail pending sentencing for those charges he allegedly joined in the Bruno and Westerman murder plots.