Feb 12 2009
Two big time members of the Gambino crime family were indicted Wednesday for the murder of a real estate developer who crime boss John Gotti believed was a snitch.
On Sept. 11, 1989, Staten Island real estate developer Fred Weiss was gunned down as he entered his vehicle in front of his New Springville home on Wellington Court.
Investigators say John “Jackie the Nose” D’Amico and Joseph “Joe the German” Watts were part of a death squad that carried out the hit.
Weiss, who was 49 at the time of his murder, was looking at seventy years in prison for his role in a Mafia-connected dumping operation in Arlington. Investigators believe he was killed when Gotti and company feared he might cooperate with federal authorities.
72-year-old D’Amico is charged with racketeering conspiracy and murdering a witness in a federal criminal case. D’Amico was already in federal custody after being picked up in a massive Gambino sweep last February.
Watts, 67, was arrested in Manhattan Wednesday and is also charged with murder.
Both men face life in prison if convicted.
BY DONNA BECK | wpix.com February 12, 2009 NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX)