BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts man who has spent more than three decades in prison for murder is asking for a new trial, claiming he has corroboration for his claim that gangster James “Whitey” Bulger framed him.
Fred Weichel says Bulger’s former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, told federal prosecutors last year that Bulger urged a corrupt FBI agent not to tell authorities he saw Weichel at a bar shortly before Robert LaMonica was fatally shot in 1980.
Weichel says records turned over by Braintree police in 2010 suggest that someone else had been identified as a possible suspect.
Prosecutors have urged a judge to reject the motion without a hearing. They say even if Weichel had been at the bar, he still had time to get to LaMonica’s apartment to kill him.