Bulger's ex-partner to testify about killings

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By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi is headed back to the witness stand to testify against his former partner in crime, James "Whitey" Bulger.

Flemmi spent only about 15 minutes testifying Thursday before court recessed for the day. He barely scratched the surface of his long criminal relationship with Bulger.

Flemmi said the two teamed up in 1974 and ran the Winter Hill Gang for two decades. Flemmi said both he and Bulger were also FBI informants during most of those years, squealing on the rival Mafia and assorted criminals from South Boston.

When Flemmi returns to the stand Friday, prosecutors are expected to question him about Bulger's role in numerous killings. Bulger is charged with participating n 19 slayings during the '70s and '80s.

Flemmi pleaded guilty in 10 killings and is serving a life sentence.

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