The head of the FBI in Buffalo has been ordered to reveal records on possible informant work done by slain bodyguard Robert DiGiulio and his wife.
A subpoena issued Friday by Thomas J. Eoannou, the lawyer for Luciano Charles "Dilly" Spataro, who is accused of killing DiGiulio, 32, seeks records in the FBI's informant files "concerning who Robert DiGiulio and, or Anita DiGiulio Marvin (his wife) informed on," law enforcement sources said.
G. Robert Langford has been ordered to appear with the file before State Supreme Court Justice Frederick M. Marshall on Monday morning.
Testimony is expected to begin next week at the joint trial of Spataro, 57, and Mrs. Marvin in the April 17, 1985, slaying of DiGiulio outside the couple's Amherst home.
Mrs. Marvin, 42, who has waived her right to a jury trial, is accused of masterminding the murder. She is free on $125,000 bail.
Both Eoannou and a spokesman for the FBI confirmed that Langford has been subpoenaed. But neither would discuss the motive for the subpoena.
Sources, however, said Eoannou is hoping the files will reveal the names of others who may have had a motive to have DiGiulio killed.
Paul Moskal, a spokesman for the Buffalo FBI office, said his agency "will have a response" to the subpoena Monday in court. He declined to comment on whether the FBI will supply any files it may have on DiGiulio or his wife.
Law enforcement sources, however, said the FBI will fight the subpoena if there are such files.
"We'll comply with the law, but there are certain concerns that must be met before we comply with a subpoena," Moskal said. He declined to elaborate on the concerns.
Langford, agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI office, was unavailable to comment.
In a first for the Buffalo area, Marshall is conducting a joint non-jury trial for Mrs. Marvin, an Amherst realtor, and a jury trial for Spataro, now serving eight years to life for drug trafficking and conspiracy linked to the 1986 slaying of his son-in-law, John Pinelli.
Jury selection, which began Wednesday, is to resume Wednesday.
DiGiulio, a former Las Vegas bodyguard for celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, died 22 days after he was shot once in the back of the neck.