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Whitey Bulger Trial: Jury in trial of reputed mob boss goes home for the day without reaching a verdict

Former mob boss "Whitey" Bulger, found in Santa Monica after being on the run for 16 years, appeared in a Boston court and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and racketeering. AP Photo

Seen in this courtroom sketch, a jury in the James "Whitey" Bulger case hears closing arguments Aug. 5. The jury began deliberating Aug. 6.
Christine Cornell

(CBS/AP) BOSTON -The jury in the federal racketeering trial of reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has gone home for the day without reaching a verdict.

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The jury of 12 began deliberating shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday and were dismissed by a judge around 4:30 p.m. 

On Monday, they heard closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Bulger is charged in a sweeping indictment that includes 19 murders, extortion, conspiracy, and multiple money-laundering and weapons counts.

Before they began deliberations Tuesday, US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper told jurors they must determine whether Bulger is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of each of the dozens of charges he faces.

"Members of the jury, it is now time for the case to be submitted to you,'' Casper said, according to Boston.com.

Deliberations are set to resume Wednesday morning.

Bulger is charged with orchestrating or committing the killings during the 1970s and `80s while he allegedly led the notorious Winter Hill Gang, a crew of mostly Irish-American gangsters.

Bulger was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994 ahead of an indictment. During his 16 years on the run, his secret relationship with the FBI as an informant was revealed, embarrassing the FBI and exposing corruption within the bureau.

Bulger, now 83, was finally captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011, where he had been living in a rent-controlled apartment near the beach with his longtime girlfriend.

In the 32-count racketeering indictment, Bulger is accused of being a hands-on boss who killed anyone he saw as a potential rival or danger to the gang. He is accused of shooting or strangling some of the victims himself. In other cases, he allegedly ordered the slayings, or participated in some other way.

He is also accused of making millions by extorting drug dealers, bookmakers and legitimate businessmen by threatening to hurt or kill them or their families.

Bulger's lawyers strongly denied that Bulger was ever an informant and told jurors the government's three main witnesses - all once-loyal Bulger cohorts - were pathological liars who blamed Bulger for crimes they committed so they could get reduced sentences.

In her instructions to jurors, the judge said they should consider whether certain witnesses received benefits from the government and whether they could have a motive to make up stories.

"You may believe all of the testimony of a witness or some of it or none of it," Casper said.

The jury heard testimony from 72 witnesses during the eight-week trial.

Bulger faces a maximum sentence of life plus 30 years, the same sentence his former partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, is now serving.

Complete coverage of the Whitey Bulger case on Crimesider

  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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