Published: Oct 18, 2013 12:12 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A prosecution witness says Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari claimed to be the South Florida contact for New York's Gambino organized crime family in the weeks prior to a prominent businessman's slaying.
    
Former SunCruz Casinos chief Adam Kidan testified Friday that he paid Ferrari tens of thousands of dollars for security and protection. Kidan says he was worried about his safety because of problems with former SunCruz operator Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis.
    
Prosecutors say a mob hit man fatally shot Boulis on Feb. 6, 2001. Other witnesses say Ferrari orchestrated the slaying.
    
Ferrari faces the death penalty if convicted. A mistrial was declared Thursday for co-defendant Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello because of a defense attorney's illness. Kidan testified Moscatiello was a high-ranking Gambino family member.
    
Moscatiello will be retried later.

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