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Mob Trial Defendant Found Dead

July 5, 1998

BRICK, N.J. (AP) _ A reputed mobster on trial for chauffeuring a Genovese crime boss to his death was found dead at his home Sunday, apparently a victim of suicide.

Ocean County Prosecutor E. David Millard said the body of George Weingartner, 67, was discovered inside a car in the garage of his home Sunday morning with the engine still running.

``Although by outward appearances the circumstances surrounding his death point to suicide as the cause, we will not make any final conclusions until an investigation is conducted,″ said New Jersey Attorney General Peter Verniero, adding that authorities ``want to be satisfied that there is not the slightest hint of foul play.″

Weingartner, alleged to be a crew boss for the New Jersey faction of the Genovese crime family, was one of four reputed mobsters who have been standing trial since June 2 in Toms River for murder, extortion, arson, assault and other crimes.

According to Louis Auricchio, the confessed triggerman in the 1988 killing of Genovese crime boss John DiGilio, Weingartner was driving the car in which DiGilio was riding when he was shot five times in the head. DiGilio’s body turned up in the Hackensack River three weeks later.

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