James "Whitey" Bulger, the reputed former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is accused of a long list of crimes in a broad racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings. Authorities say he committed the crimes while he was an FBI informant.
Now 83, Bulger was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He spent more than 16 years on the run before being captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.
Opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected on June 10, 2013 and the trial is expected to last three to four months.
This is an undated FBI handout photo released Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, showing reputed Boston mobster and fugitive James J. "Whitey" Bulger. Bulger, 69, who disappeared in 1995 as law enforcement agencies were about to arrest him, is seen in this photo found by the FBI during an evidence search in Boston, wearing a leather coat and hat.
In these 1984 file photos originally released by the FBI, New England organized crime figure James "Whitey" Bulger is shown. Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, has been captured near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said Wednesday June 22, 2011.
James "Whitey" Bulger in an undated photo.
This undated file booking photo, obtained by WBUR 90.9 - NPR Radio Boston, shows Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was captured on June 22, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the lam. Federal prosecutors in Boston filed notice on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 that they are dropping a 1994 racketeering indictment against Bulger. In the notice, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says prosecutors consider a later 1999 indictment charging Bulger with 19 murders the stronger case.
This image from video provided by the FBI shows James "Whitey" Bulger and his long time girlfriend Catherine Greig shown during a publicity campaign to locate thge fugitive mobster. The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger Wednesday June 22, 2011 at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig just days after the government launched the new publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.