Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi set to testify against former partner in crime

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July 18, 2013, 6:30 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Boston) - It's a highly anticipated day in the James ‘Whitey’ Bulger murder trial. Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi is expected to take the stand. The saying ‘partners in crime’ takes on a whole new meaning. Flemmi was one of Bulger's closest confidants while Bulger ruled Boston's under-world.

Thursday has the makings to be one of the most interesting days during the Bulger trial.
Flemmi, former associate of Bulger, will take the stand. This will be the first time in nearly two decades that these two have been together in the same room at the same time.

Flemmi is supposed to talk about the information he says prompted him and his old friend to kill FBI informants.

Now 79 years old, Flemmi pleaded guilty to 10 murders 2003 and agreed to testify against Bulger. He is now serving a life sentence.

The last time Bulger and Flemmi saw each other was in 1994 when their FBI handler, John Connolly, tipped them off that they were about to be indicted. That's when Bulger fled and was on the run for years. Flemmi was arrested before he could flee.

During their heyday together, Bulger and Flemmi allegedly ran a criminal enterprise and the Winter Hill gang in South Boston.

Flemmi is considered to be arguably the most critical witness in this case. He claims he watched Bulger strangle two people on different occasions during the 1980s. His testimony is expected to offer the jury a first-hand account of how corrupt Bulger was and how close a relationship he had with FBI agents.

Last week, this trial brought fireworks between Kevin Weeks and Bulger, two former associates who also hadn't seen each other in decades. It'll be interesting to see if we see the same show of fireworks between Flemmi and Bulger.

Tags: Boston, murder, testimony, Justin Michaels, stephen the rifleman flemmi, james whitey bulger, Moakley Courthouse, Bulger trial, boston trial
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