Jurors on Wednesday were shown autopsy photos of L&B Spumoni Gardens co-owner Louis Barbati’s bullet-riddled body — taken after he was gunned down in 2016 outside of his Dyker Heights home.
Authorities say accused killer Andres Fernandez, 43, was caught on surveillance footage making numerous passes by the residence on June 30, 2016 in his white Acura before Barbati came home from the iconic Brooklyn pie joint at around 7 p.m. carrying a bag containing $15,000.
Sean Kelly, a forensic pathologist from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told jurors in Brooklyn Supreme Court that around that time, Barbati was shot from behind by at least five bullets — three of which tore through the left side of his back and punctured his left lung and spleen.
“These wounds in the chest are causing rapid and significant blood loss,” Kelly said.
Barbati was able to make it through a gate leading into his property before collapsing.
“It is not unusual for people who are shot in the chest or in the lung to run several feet, or even a city block, before they lose a lot of blood, collapse and eventually die,” Kelly explained.
Some members of Barbati’s family hung their heads while Assistant District Attorney Emily Dean showed the courtroom photos of entry and exit wounds on Barbati’s torso.
Justice Danny Chun said at the conclusion of the hearing that attorneys in the case are expected to present their closing arguments on Friday.
The FBI initially investigated Barbati’s death as Mafia-related because of an old beef over the theft of Spumoni Gardens’ famous pizza sauce recipe.
But the case was handed off to the NYPD, which investigated it as a robbery that turned fatal.
Fernandez has maintained that he was set up for the shooting.