Motive unclear in alleged Toronto mob boss murder
TORONTO — Police have not given a motive for Friday’s fatal shooting of a man reported to have ties with the mafia.
Fifty-one-year-old Domenico Scopelliti faces a first degree murder change in connection with the slaying of 87-year-old Rocco Zito.
Scopelliti appeared in court on the allegation yesterday, but it’s not known when he’ll be back before a judge.
Media reports say he was Zito’s son-in-law, but police have not publicly confirmed this.
An expert of Canada’s Mafia says Zito was a major figure in the underworld organization, immigrating to Canada in the 1950’s.
Antonio Nicaso says Zito was an enforcer and made his money from gambling, money-lending and counterfeiting.
Nicaso says Zito served four years for manslaughter in the 80’s after being convicted of beating a man to death over an unpaid debt.
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