July 31, 2013

Prosecutors want to know if Bulger will testify

The Associated Press

BOSTON — An answer should be coming soon about whether reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger will testify at his trial.

A racketeering indictment charges the 83-year-old Bulger with participating in 19 murders.

Prosecutors told the judge Wednesday that the government deserves to know if Bulger will testify and Bulger has had time to think about it.

The judge says she'll hear from lawyers about it after Wednesday's testimony ends.

Former FBI agent James Crawford is on the stand. He testified that the mother of alleged Bulger victim Debra Davis said after her daughter disappeared that she suspected boyfriend Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, not Bulger, may have killed her.

Flemmi is Bulger's former partner in crime. He testified that Bulger killed Davis, but the defense has pointed out inconsistencies in his story.

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