Al Milian

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    BSO Detective Anthony Costanzo Arrested, Accused of Tampering With Case Involving Other Officers

    Broward Sheriff's Office Det. Anthony Costanzo turned himself in yesterday on charges of witness tampering, evidence tampering, disclosure of confidential information and felony use of a two-way communication device -- all of which are felonies and one -- witness tampering -- which carries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Melissa Britt Lewis Murder Trial Postponed -- Again

    ​It's been nearly four years since Melissa Britt Lewis, a 39-year-old Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler attorney, was found murdered, her body dumped in a Plantation canal. The man charged with killing her avoided trial for years because he was initially deemed mentally incompetent. Tony Villegas, 48, wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Doctors Disagree on Tony Villegas' Competency; Ruling Postponed

    Villegas has been in jail for more than two years.​Tony Villegas' mental health is a moving target, according to his attorney, and the fluctuating opinions of psychologists have stalled his trial for the killing of Melissa Britt Lewis indefinitely.In March 2008, Villegas was arrested for allegedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Competency Hearing Postponed Until Day of Ex-Wife's Sentencing

    Tony Villegas' trial is on hold.​Tony Villegas arrived in Broward County Court this morning looking weary after more than two years in jail, his thin face hidden by a scruffy brown beard. He sat quietly, cuffed hands in his lap, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt that set him apart from the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Debra Villegas Gets Two More Months of Freedom; Tony Villegas Back in Jail

    Debra Villegas (left) is out on bond until October.​Debra Villegas, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme, will not be sentenced on Friday as planned.Rothstein's former right-hand woman has two more months of freedom, thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Tony Villegas Deemed Incompetent; Murder Case Stalled

    Tony Villegas has been transferred to a mental health facility.​Two years after he was arrested for allegedly strangling attorney Melissa Britt Lewis and dumping her body in a canal, Tony Villegas has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.Al Milian, one of two attorneys representing Tony, decline ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Tony Villegas' Comments to the Police

    Tony Villegas said he'd never used pepper spray.​On March 10, 2008  Plantation police detectives confronted Tony Villegas at the Florida East Coast Railway depot in Fort Lauderdale with a search warrant. He told them he had been expecting them. By this time, detectives had been quietly questi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Debra and Tony Villegas' Relationship Began With a Paternity Suit

    Before Debra married Tony, there was a lawsuit.​In April 1993, Debra Taylor, the tall, boisterous woman who would become Scott Rothstein's treasured secretary, gave birth to a son. Already caring for two daughters from a previous relationship, Debra, then 25, wasn't in a position to handle this ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Debra Villegas' Daughter Explains Life With Tony

    Debra Villegas and her daughter Aimee.​Among the hundreds of pages of Broward County court documents recently made public regarding the 2008 murder of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler attorney Melissa Lewis, one of the most illuminating is a police interview with Aimee Villegas. Aimee is the daught ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Therapist Suspected Tony Villegas in Lewis Murder

    Debra Villegas (left), Christina Kitterman, and Melissa Lewis.​While Debra Villegas told police officers she was nearly certain that her husband, Tony Villegas, didn't kill her best friend, Melissa Lewis, others who were close to the women were not so sure.Ilene Vinikoor was a family therapist who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007
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    June 3, 2006

    It's Milian Time

    Usually would save this for Monday, but today is a big day. Christian Zapata, one of fired deputy scapegoats in the BSO crime stats scandal, was acquitted. Between the two big dailies, the Sentinel's Tonya Alanez had the superior coverage on the jury's wise decision, highlighting defense attorney Al ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Savage Station

    The Sun-Sentinel's news station, WFTL-AM (850), was an oasis of local talk. Now it's just another haven for hate.

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    A Pugilist in Pinstripes

    The 4th District Court of Appeals says Broward County prosecutor Alberto Milian is a menace in the courtroom. But he's just doing his job.