Mass. man says Bulger framed him, seeks new trial
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who has spent more than three decades in prison for murder is asking for a new trial, claiming he has corroboration for his claim that gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-jur) framed him.
Fred Weichel (WY’-kuhl) says Bulger’s former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, told federal prosecutors last year that Bulger urged a corrupt FBI agent not to tell authorities he saw Weichel at a bar shortly before Robert LaMonica was fatally shot in 1980.
Weichel says records turned over by Braintree police in 2010 suggest that someone else had been identified as a possible suspect.
Prosecutors have urged a judge to reject the motion without a hearing. They say even if Weichel had been at the bar, he still had time to get to LaMonica’s apartment to kill him.
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