Anthony Comello

Thomas P. Costello

Suspect in killing of ‘Franky Boy’ Cali indicted on murder charges

April 24, 2019 - 10:43 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The man charged with killing reputed mob boss Franky Boy Cali, last month on Staten Island, was arraigned Wednesday on an indictment charging him with second degree murder.


The motive for the crime is unclear, but Anthony Comello's attorney claims his client is a right wing conspiracy theorist and was influenced by online hate speech.

When he first appeared in court after his arrest in New Jersey, Comello had pro-Trump slogans written on his hands.

Comello's attorney Robert Gottlieb suggested the shooting was prompted by his client's obsession with right-wing conspiracy websites, and hate spewed by politicians including the White House.

"This is a tragedy for everybody, for the two families. But this case, perhaps more than any other, reflects what everyone has been saying recently, and that is that words matter, hate words matter," Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb did not elaborate on what specifically caused the shooting, instead telling reporters to wait until the evidence comes out.

"At the end of the day, the truth and the reasons for whatever happened here will become so clear and it will be shown to be directly related to the impact of the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere," he said.

Cali was gunned down outside of his Staten Island home on March 15. Cops say he was lured outside when Comello slammed his pickup truck into a Cadillac SUV parked outside of the house.

Like 1010 WINS on Facebook and follow @1010WINS on Twitter to get breaking news, traffic, and weather for New York City.