Accused Mob Boss Killer Has a Message in Court

A bunch of them, actually, all written on Anthony Comello's hand
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 7:24 AM CDT
Accused Mob Boss Killer Has a Message in Court
Anthony Comello displays writing on his hand during his extradition hearing in Toms River, N.J., Monday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

For a man accused of gunning down a mob boss, Anthony Comello doesn't seem much interested in keeping a low profile. During a court hearing Monday in New Jersey, the 24-year-old made a point to flash an open palm at reporters, and that palm was covered in hand-written messages, reports Some were illegible, but the AP deciphered apparent nods to President Trump: "MAGA Forever," "United We Stand MAGA," and "Patriots In Charge." Comello also drew a circle in the center of his palm, its meaning unclear.

Why the messages? His lawyer gave no explanation. Asked what Comello had on his hand, attorney Brian Neary said only, "Handcuffs." Comello is accused of killing reputed Gambino crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali last week in Staten Island, but the best guess at the moment is that the shooting in front of Cali's home had nothing to do with the mafia. Preliminary evidence suggests Comello was ticked that Cali wouldn't let him see a woman in Cali's family. Comello is now headed back to New York City to face trial. (More Mafia stories.)

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