New evidence has led to the arrest of an accused co-conspirator in the 1994 killing of an armored car guard during a botched robbery in Muttontown, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
The arrest of Scott Mulligan of Florida comes about 18 years after the murder of the guard, Julius Baumgardt, 47, of Lindenhurst, and just seven months after Christian Tarantino, 42, of Dix Hills, was convicted of Baumgardt's murder and for the related murder of another robber, Louis Dorval, 30, of Elmont and East Meadow. Dorval was believed to be the triggerman in Baumgardt's death.
Mulligan was charged in connection with the killing of Baumgardt, who worked for Mid-Island Cash Checking Corp. of Massapequa. The federal charge accuses him of "willfully endangering" the safety of the operator of a vehicle involved in interstate commerce.
Witnesses at Tarantino's trial said Baumgardt and another guard were ambushed outside a Muttontown office building on June 23, 1994, by two men wearing pig masks and a man in a suit.
Baumgardt's widow, Christine, said, "We're happy. Merry Christmas. That's the best gift we could have gotten. In my eyes we're all at peace. Even my husband can be at peace now."
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Miskiewicz said Mulligan had been living openly in Florida. "He was not a fugitive" but "recent evidence" led to his arrest, Miskiewicz said. Mulligan was recently brought to New York and arraigned in federal court.
Terrence P. Buckley of Commack, Mulligan's lawyer, could not be reached Tuesday night.
FBI Special Agent Robert F. Schelhorn Jr. said in an affidavit that new DNA evidence obtained in November from human hair found in a getaway vehicle used in the robbery linked Mulligan to the crime.
Tarantino, convicted in May after a six-week trial in Central Islip, faces two mandatory life sentences in the killings of Baumgardt and Dorval, whom, prosecutors said, Tarantino feared was going to go to authorities about the crimes.
The jury was deadlocked on a third killing, that of Vincent Gargiulo, 39, of Sunnyside, who, seeking to be a paid informant, was going to furnish authorities with evidence against Tarantino, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors have said they still plan to retry Tarantino for Gargiulo's murder.
With Robert E. Kessler