The preliminary hearing in the death penalty case against a man known as “Mob Bitch” and two other co-defendants began Monday. If convicted, Anthony Giacalone and Christopher Mascera, as well as Bionca Washington, could face the death penalty, the Times reported. Prosecutors say the men participated in a Mafia-style “board meeting” on Feb. 8, 2013, in a suburban Phoenix strip mall where they executed one of the men with a hammer. The crime was filmed, and the thugs then posted the video on the web, an act that a prosecutor characterized as a “kidnapping for ransom.” The suspects are charged with killing Omar Laiq, the 32-year-old victim, and robbing his wife, Mariam Alimadi.
Family members of Mr. Laiq, which includes a heartbroken 13-year-old daughter, attended Monday’s preliminary hearing. The boy’s aunt told The Arizona Republic, that the slain husband and father had no guns or drugs on him when he was killed. “How did he get beat up like that?” said the family’s attorney, Mike Douglas. “Why would they want to make their lives like this?”
The prosecutors called three witnesses, including a police officer and a forensic pathologist. Early evidence of the crime included a video recovered from Mr. Giacalone’s phone of him punching the dead man and his henchmen then torturing him with weapons, including a sharp tool known as a piker, the Times reported.