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Casino, Lovett respond to Super Bowl ad

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A big twist has developed in the Casino Law Super Bowl commercial storyline.

WTOC has learned the Savannah attorney actually represented the man who was indicted for his brother's murder.

In 2008, Jamie Casino was Walter Moon's attorney when he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. He was out on parole two years later.

In January, Moon was indicted for the 2012 murders of Casino's brother, Michael Bianchosino and Emily Pickels.

Also Wednesday, we heard for the first time from the man in the middle of the controversial commercial, former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett. We caught up with Lovett at his home.

While he hasn't had much to say since his sudden retirement amid scandal last year, and did not want to go on camera, Lovett made it very clear there is no love lost between himself and Casino, especially after the two minute Super Bowl commercial.

Casino went even further when he spoke to WTOC exclusively Monday after the Super Bowl, describing the commercial's message.

"I want to make it patently clear, if you are leadership in the police department and you conduct yourself in the way Chief Willie Lovett did when he lied about my brother Michael and his friend, and then conducted himself in the manner he did where he just deserted his post and all the stories afterwards, there is a guy in Savannah who will put you in the Super Bowl. That's the story behind it," said Casino.

Casino held nothing back in his exclusive phone interview with WTOC, and since then has been all over national media outlets and the internet, where his Casino's Law two-minute spot has reached 4 million views on YouTube.

The former chief of police isn't enjoying it.

"I didn't see it, but I have people asking me and telling me about it," Lovett said. "I didn't think much of it at all. I was kind of surprised that he is going to that length, but knowing Casino and what I've heard about him, it's typical."

Lovett did say he was aware the man pointing the finger at him was also the same man who represented Walter Moon in 2008. Police say Moon was driving the car the night Casino's brother, Michael, and Pickels were shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity.

"I don't represent villains anymore," Casino's commercial says.

Right now, Casino is not commenting on the suspect's upcoming trial.

He is commenting on the ad and its purpose.

"The thing is, the ad was only intended to run once. I had no idea it was going to blow up and go viral the way it has all across the world now," Casino said.

The family of Pickels told WTOC Wednesday night they have spoken with Jamie Casino  and they have been united from this horrible crime and remain united.

They also tell WTOC they harbor no ill will against him.

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