Friday 13 December 2019

Gangster Bulger helps convict's bid for retrial

James "Whitey" Bulger

A US man who claims that convicted gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, pictured, helped frame him in a 1980 murder is now getting support from Bulger in his quest for a new trial.

Fred Weichel has spent more than three decades in prison in the fatal shooting of Robert LaMonica.

In 2004, a judge granted Weichel's request for a new trial after his lawyers produced a letter in which a friend of Weichel's, Thomas Barrett, confessed to killing LaMonica. The state's highest court reversed that ruling in 2006.

In letters last year, Bulger claims a friend of Weichel's once told him he had beaten up a man and the man's friend – LaMonica – was promising retribution. "I told him get him first, kill him," Bulger wrote.

The letters are transcribed in documents sent on Friday to Norfolk Superior Court, where Weichel's motion for a new trial is filed.

Irish Independent

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