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Day 1

What happened Wednesday

After a jury was sworn in, the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger began with opening statements, as prosecutors portrayed Bulger as a killer who put fear into others, while secretly working as an FBI informant. His lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., acknowledged that Bulger committed crimes, but said Bulger was not an informant and that he never killed anyone.

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What is expected today

Testimony will be heard from Robert Long, a retired State Police detective lieutenant, who in 1981 led an investigation that ended after Bulger learned about surveillance on a garage near North Station where he based his operations. Thomas Foley, a retired State Police colonel, who headed the investigation that led to Bulger’s indictment, may also be called.

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