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Bulger Jury On Track To Begin Deliberations As Early As This Week

BOSTON (CBS) -- The jury in James "Whitey" Bulger's murder, extortion and racketeering trial could start deliberating his fate as early as this week.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney plans to call eight witnesses Monday and seven Tuesday. At that pace, the defense might be done presenting its case by Wednesday. Prosecutors and the defense team are anticipating closing arguments will take about three hours apiece.

At 2 p.m. Monday, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper is set to meet with prosecutors and defense attorneys for a charge conference, which will focus on determining the exact wording of the jury instructions prior to their deliberations.

For witnesses on Monday, Carney plans to call several past and present FBI agents to testify about Bulger's status as an informant.

Carney also plans to call Marion Hussey, but Casper might not allow it. Carney wants to talk to Hussey about her daughter Debbie's accusation that Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had molested her, which could indicate for jurors that Flemmi may have had more of a motive to murder her than was the case for Bulger.

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