The accused killer of L&B Spumoni Gardens’ co-owner Louis Barbati was done in by his baby mama, prosecutors said Friday.
The woman recognized suspect Andres Fernandez, the father of her three children — down to the slump of his shoulders and the way he carries his cellphone — from surveillance footage that police provided TV stations about a week after Barbati’s June 2016 killing and called the cops, Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean told a Brooklyn jury.
The ADA was making her closing arguments in Fernandez’s three-week trial.
“She drops her phone and braces herself on the sink because of what it meant to her,” Dean said to jurors, referring to the mother of Fernandez’s children.
The ADA replayed surveillance footage showing an individual dressed in denim shorts and a white shirt in the area of Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst several hours before Barbati was shot from behind at least six times outside of his home on 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights.
Dean also replayed surveillance footage taken from Barbati’s neighborhood just after the victim was shot, in which an individual wearing a black hoodie is seen fleeing the scene to a white Acura.
When Fernandez, 44, of Melville, LI, was arrested in November 2016, police did not recover a firearm or the cellphone that Fernandez used on the day of Barbati’s death, officials have said. But police did find a white, late-model Acura in his garage — and a plastic surgeon’s business card in Fernandez’s wallet with Barbati’s address written on the back.
Jurors will begin deliberations in the case Monday.
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