ASBURY PARK, N.J. – The lawyer for the man accused of killing a reputed mob boss says he was influenced by right-wing hate speech and conspiracy theories, according to a report. 

Anthony Comello, 24, was formally charged in New York on Monday for the killing of Frank Cali, the alleged boss of the Gambino crime family in Staten Island. He was caught by police in Brick, New Jersey, on March 16 – three days after Cali's death. 

Comello's lawyer Robert Gottlieb spoke to reporters Monday, according to NBC News, and said that his client is not guilty and that what happened was "directly related to the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet."

On March 18, Comello appeared in court and appeared to have slogans like “MAGA Forever” and “United We Stand MAGA" written on his hands.