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GRAND JURY INDICTS SUSPECT IN MURDER OF MOBSTER

An Erie County grand jury Tuesday indicted a man authorities described as a violence-prone, gun-toting thug responsible for the 1974 execution-style revenge murder of reputed Buffalo mobster and drug dealer Albert J. Billiteri Jr.

Based on information recently supplied by two mob informants, Faust Novino, 38, of Tonawanda, was arrested and held without bail, following his arraignment before Erie County Judge John V. Rogowski. He was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.

Novino, a construction worker, was denounced in court by Deputy District Attorney John J. DeFranks as "particularly violent individual who carries firearms and uses them."

Robert M. Murphy, Novino's attorney, complained to the judge that Novino, implicated but never arrested for a 1976 mob shooting, has been accused of the Billiteri slaying by "hoodlums" who have given prosecutors unsubstantiated hearsay evidence.

Law enforcement sources said authorities believe Billiteri was slain in revenge for robbing the mother of a mob associate.

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