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A guide to the trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger

James "Whitey" Bulger is on trial in Boston in a 32-count racketeering indictment accusing him of a long list of crimes, including participating in 19 killings. Here's a look at the case against him, his defense and what's happening in the courtroom:

The history

Bulger, 83, the alleged former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.

The prosecution

Prosecutors on Tuesday continued questioning Kevin Weeks, Bulger's former right-hand man. Weeks, who said he was a partner in the Winter Hill Gang for two decades, described watching Bulger kill three people in a house in South Boston, including 26-year-old Deborah Hussey, the daughter of the longtime girlfriend of Bulger's partner, Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi.

The defense

During cross-examination of Weeks, Bulger lawyer J.W. Carney suggested that Weeks was a chronic liar who beat the system by striking a plea deal with prosecutors that resulted in his serving only five years in prison for aiding and abetting Bulger in five murders in exchange for agreeing to testify. Weeks acknowledged that Bulger gave envelopes filled with cash to numerous law enforcement officials to get tipped off to investigations and stay one step ahead of any indictments.

The jury

Eleven men and seven women are serving on the jury, including 12 regular jurors and six alternates.

Bulger

During cross-examination by Bulger's lawyer, Weeks and Bulger had a heated, profanity-laced exchange after Weeks called Bulger and Flemmi "the two biggest rats," a reference to their alleged role as FBI informers. Judge Denise Casper warned Bulger to let his lawyers speak for him and Weeks to answer only the questions asked of him.

Associated Press

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