Ex-hitman describes more killings in Bulger trial

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BOSTON (AP) - Former hitman John Martorano has described more killings as he testifies for a second day in the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston.
   
On Tuesday, Martorano gave chilling details about murders he committed after they were ordered by Bulger and his partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. He also described a 1975 killing he said Bulger and Flemmi did themselves.
   
Martorano said Bulger and Flemmi shot Edward Connors in a phone booth because they were afraid he would tie them to the 1973 killing of a Bulger rival.
   
Martorano served 12 years in prison after admitted killing 20 people. Twelve of those people were killed while Martorano was working with Bulger and Flemmi.
   
The 83-year-old Bulger is charged in a racketeering indictment with participating in 19 killings.

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BOSTON (AP) - A former hitman will testify for a second day in the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, as Bulger's attorneys prepare to attack his credibility.
   
John Martarano took the stand Monday to testify against Bulger, a man after whom he named his youngest son.
   
He said he was heartbroken when he learned in the late 1990s that Bulger and partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had been working as FBI informants. That's when he decided to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Bulger and others in exchange for a reduced sentence.
   
Martorano described how he committed a string of murders as part of Bulger's gang in the 1970s.
   
Bulger's lawyers are expected to challenge his credibility and the deal he got from prosecutors when they cross-examine him.
   
Martarano is set to continue his testimony Tuesday.

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