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Ex-associate of Bulger recounts 1982 double murder

BOSTON — The former right-hand man of James "Whitey" Bulger testified Monday that he saw the alleged mobster open fire on a car and kill two men in 1982.

Kevin Weeks took the witness stand at Bulger's racketeering trial and said he saw Bulger extort multiple businessmen and drug dealers for a cut of their profits.

Weeks said he first developed a friendship with Bulger in the 1970s while he was working as a bouncer at Triple O's, a South Boston bar where Bulger did business as the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. Soon, he said, he was working as an enforcer, driving around South Boston and picking up cash from local bookmakers Bulger and his gang were extorting.

"Sometimes I'd beat somebody up," he said.

In May 1982, Weeks said, he went from being muscle to helping Bulger in a murder. The target was Edward "Brian" Halloran, a man who Bulger had heard was cooperating with authorities. Weeks said he served as a lookout for Bulger in the slayings.

Weeks testified that he alerted Bulger on a walkie-talkie when Halloran exited a restaurant and got into a blue Datsun driven by a friend, Michael Donahue. Bulger and another person then pulled up to the Datsun and started shooting, according to Weeks.

Halloran and Donahue were killed. Bulger and the person with him both fired at the car, Weeks said.

Weeks, who was a close associate of Bulger's for two decades, later became a government witness. He served five years in prison after pleading guilty to being an accessory to five murders.

Bulger, 83, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings while allegedly leading the Winter Hill Gang. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ex-associate of Bulger recounts 1982 double murder 07/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:56am]
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