End partly in sight for Bulger case

j w carney j. w. carney jr boston bulger
Bulger attorney J. W. Carney Jr.
Credit: Michael Naughton/Metro

Prosecutors said they expect to finish presenting their case against the alleged mob boss within a week or 10 days.

A leader of the Winter Hill Gang who was described as a sadistic killer who seemed to take pleasure in murders was expected to testify against Bulger in the coming days.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, who was sentenced to life in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to 10 murders, will testify against Bulger, prosecutors said.

Flemmi was Bugler’s partner for decades as the duo allegedly shook down drug dealers for money, charged bookmakers to operate and brought an end to people’s lives.

Originally expected to last well into September, the trial of alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger seems to be moving along at a quicker than anticipated pace.

Assistant US Attorney Brian Kelly told Judge Denise Casper that the government expect to finish presenting evidence against Bulger in the next 7 to 10 days.

As of Friday, about 46 witnesses have been called to testify by the government including confessed Winter Hill Gang member Kevin Weeks and confessed murderer John Martorano.

Kelly said there are about 20 witnesses left to go, bringing to total to about 66 government witnesses against Bulger.

The government’s proposed witness list included 83 names, but sides are not bound to call every witness they present as potentially being called to testify.

It is still unclear exactly when the trial will come to an end.

Bulger’s team still has to present their case and their proposed witness list included scores of people.

Bulger’s lawyer J. W. Carney Jr., has previously said that Bulger will testify and that would take days if not weeks including the cross-examination by the government.

The 83-year-old Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011 after 16 years on the run. Bulger fled after corrupt FBI agent John Connolly tipped him off just before his indictment for various crimes including racketeering, extortion and 19 murders.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…