A judge plans to ask jurors about a suspected mob-linked slaying that took place Wednesday, hours after prosecutors wrapped up a mob racketeering case.
The suspect in the slaying, Anthony Nicodemo, was part of a 2009 sports-betting case in Atlantic City.
The victim, Gino DiPietro, 50, has been mentioned in the two-month trial of alleged Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and six others.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno will individually question jurors about the slaying when they return to court Tuesday.
Philadelphia police on Thursday night said they’ve charged Nicodemo, of Philadelphia, with first-degree murder.
The jury returns Tuesday, when the defense is set to start its case. Defense lawyers have not asked for a mistrial.
The Ligambi trial involves illegal gambling, loansharking and extortion charges. But defense lawyers stress that there’s no violence or bloodshed alleged in the 10-year investigation.
In April 2009, Nicodemo was given a four-year suspended sentence by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio after he admitted to taking bets in an Atlantic City sports-betting ring.
Nicodemo, who also had to pay a $10,000 fine, pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy. Donio determined Nicodemo was “a low- to mid-level agent” who arranged bets from his Philadelphia home for the $60 million operation, which also worked in the high-stakes poker room of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Before he was sentenced, Nicodemo apologized to the judge and his family.
“I just want a chance to get my family straightened out and get this all out of the way, your honor,” he said.
Staff Writer Joel Landau contributed to this report.