More victims' relatives to testify at Bulger trial
More family members of people allegedly killed by James “Whitey” Bulger are set to testify at his racketeering trial in Boston.
Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings. Jurors have heard from at least a half dozen relatives of people allegedly killed by Bulger and his gang in the 1970s and `80s.
On Friday, jurors are expected to hear from the brother of Debra Davis, a 26-year-old woman who prosecutors say was strangled by Bulger in 1981. Patricia Donahue, the widow of a man allegedly shot by Bulger in 1982, is also expected to take the stand.
A federal judge denied the request by Bulger’s lawyers Thursday to delay proceedings for several days due to being overworked.
The mobster’s lead lawyer filed a motion asking for a suspension of the trial until Tuesday so the defense team can prepare for prosecution witnesses expected on the stand.
The request came after a day after a former forensic expert testified that remains found in Boston 13 years ago were those of three people Bulger is accused of killing.
Ann Marie Mire testified Wednesday the bodies were identified as Arthur Barrett, Deborah Hussey and John McIntyre. Bulger’s one-time protege and enforcer, Kevin Weeks, testified that Bulger killed the three in the early 1980s. Weeks said Bulger shot Barrett and McIntyre, and strangled Hussey. Weeks testified he helped bury the bodies first beneath a South Boston house, and then at a site in Corchester.
The 83-year-old Bulger has pleaded not guilty to playing a role in the killings.
He was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He was finally captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Via: Fox News