Closing arguments concluded yesterday in the racketeering trial against reputed Genovese soldier Emilio Fusco who is charged for his alleged role in the 2003 slayings of crew boss Adolfo Bruno and mob associate Gary Westerman in Springfield, MA, and the defense apparently claims the case is based on lies pursuant to some conspiracy between federal prosecutors and turncoat Anthony Arillotta as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican.
Of course, the defense claim necessarily begs the following question: why then is everybody picking on Fusco? The jury may find it hard to believe that Fusco's name arbitraily was pulled out of a hat, and given that several defendants already have been convicted for their roles in the slay plots it's not as if the government was looking for a scapegoat or Arillotta needed to earn his keep.
Arillotta testified at the trial last year against Fusco's three co-defendants -- onetime Genovese acting boss Artie Nigro and Greek brothers Freddy and Ty Geas -- and the jury returned a guilty verdict after deliberating just five hours.
It's easy to understand why Arillotta makes such an impression on the jury. At Fusco's trial an FBI crime scene technician testified "that Arillotta was so precise when he led investigators to the site where he said he, the Geases and Fusco killed and buried Westerman in a large wooded lot in Agawam, that agents only had to dig one hole to find his remains seven years after the fact" as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican.