Published: Oct 23, 2013 1:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari claims he had nothing to do with the 2001 mob-style slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman.
Ferrari testified Wednesday in his own defense despite his attorney's strong advice against it. Broward County Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes says it's ultimately Ferrari's decision alone.
Ferrari testified he didn't ask anyone to kill Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis and blamed it on someone else.
Ferrari faces the death penalty if convicted. Prosecution witnesses have testified that Ferrari orchestrated and took part in Boulis' killing by a mob hit man. Evidence indicates Boulis was slain in a power struggle over the lucrative SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.
Fellow defendant Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello got a mistrial because his attorney fell ill. Moscatiello will be retried later.

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