Jurors began deliberation Tuesday in the trial of alleged Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger after a gruesome 35-day trial.
According to USA Today, the jury listened through nearly three hours of instructions as U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper reviewed Bulger's 32-count indictment, which includes charges for racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, money laundering and weapons violations.
During the six hours of closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Syshank described Bulger, 83, as "one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston."
Bulger was once considered one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston before a 1994 indictment.
After 16 years on the run, Bulger was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. He is accused of ordering or taking part in 19 murders during the 1970s and '80s while he was allegedly the leader of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston.
"I feel relaxed, at ease with it, that it's at the end and we're here," said Steve Davis, whose sister, Debra, was the longtime girlfriend of Bulger's partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Bulger is accused of strangling Davis in 1981.
"I'm hoping for the best, no matter what happens I have to accept it," he said.
Bulger's defense told jurors that the key witnesses – Flemmi, John Martorano and Kevin Weeks – were all pathological liars who blamed Bulger for crimes in order to cut prison time, according to CBS News.
Flemmi, pleaded guilty to 10 murders, but escaped the death penalty. Martorano admitted to murdering 20 people and served 12 years in prison. Weeks was released after serving five years after admitting to being an accessory to several murders.
"The government is buying the testimony of these witnesses," said defense attorney J.W. Carney, Jr. "The currency that's being used here? How much freedom [are the witnesses] going to get?"
Throughout the trial, the defense conceded that Bulger was responsible for many of the lesser charges, but that he did not commit several of the murders. Though Bulger was outed as an FBI informant while on the lam, providing information to the FBI from 1975 to 1990, the defense insisted that he paid his handlers for information, reported the Boston Globe.
Bulger chose not to testify on his behalf. If found guilty, he faces life in prison.
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