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The Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Defense attacks credibility of Bulger’s accuser

Defendant is called shooter in ’75 death

James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense moved to shift the jury’s focus from the gangster to one of his chief accusers Tuesday, relentlessly attacking the credibility of a hit man-turned-government witness who they say has cast himself as an honorable vigilante.

Under sharp questioning, John Martorano, the first of Bulger’s former underworld associates to testify at Bulger’s racketeering trial in US District Court, insisted he was not a serial killer or a hit man despite killing 20 people, including a businessman he shot between the eyes.

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