Alleged victims' relatives testify at Bulger trial

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BOSTON (AP) - Three more relatives of people allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger and his gang have testified in Bulger's racketeering trial.
   
Margaret King, the widow of Tommy King, testified Tuesday that after her husband disappeared in 1975, she asked Bulger if he knew what happened to him. She said Bulger "was a little agitated that I would even bother him" and told her that her husband "was probably in Canada robbing banks." His body was found 25 years later.
   
Also testifying were Sandra Castucci, the widow of nightclub owner Richard Castucci, and Joseph Leonard, brother of Francis "Buddy" Leonard.
   
The 83-year-old Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 killings. He's pleaded not guilty.
   
Bulger's lawyers have challenged the credibility of three former Bulger associates who have agreed to testify against him.

Earlier story:

BOSTON (AP) - James "Whitey" Bulger's alleged role as an FBI informant has sparked heated arguments between prosecutors and Bulger's lawyers.
   
James Marra, a special agent for the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, on Monday read excerpts from Bulger's 700-page file.
   
Prosecutors say Bulger was an informant from 1975 to 1990, providing information mainly on the New England Mafia, rivals to his Winter Hill Gang.
   
But Bulger's lawyers insist that he was never an informant. Instead, the defense says he paid certain FBI agents to give him information on investigations or indictments of him and his gang. The defense says Bulger did not provide information in return.
   
The 83-year-old Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and '80s.
   
Former FBI Agent John Morris, who acknowledged taking money from Bulger, could testify as early as Tuesday.

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