CNN — Closing arguments are set to begin Monday in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger. Each side has three hours to make its final case before the jury decides the fate of the alleged crime boss.
Bulger is accused of 19 murders and 13 counts of extortion and money laundering during a 20-year "reign of terror" that defined South Boston from the early '70s through 1995, when Bulger fled Boston.
During the seven-week trial, jurors heard dramatic testimony from convicted gangsters, bookies, extortion victims, a disgraced FBI supervisor, ex-drug-dealers, retired FBI agents and relatives of people Bulger is accused of killing.
Prosecutors called 63 witnesses. The defense called 10. Former hit man John Martorano testified for both sides -- for a total of 72 witnesses over 35 days.
Bulger never took the stand despite repeated hints from his lawyers throughout trial he would testify. In fact, Bulger seemed to want to testify. Questioned by Judge Denise Casper, Bulger called his decision a "choice made involuntarily."
He claimed he had been given immunity for his crimes by the former head of New England's Organized-Crime Strike Force, Jeremiah O'Sullivan, now deceased.
Bulger, who lost his temper several times during the trial, appeared angry, shaking his finger at the judge and claiming he was "choked off from making an adequate defense."
"I didn't get a fair trial. This is a sham. Do what ya's want with me," Bulger said.
Families of the murder victims have been in court every day of the trial. The wife of one of the murder victims shouted "You're a coward!"
Patricia Donahue's husband, an innocent truck driver, was killed in the cross-fire of a murder Bulger allegedly committed. She later explained Bulger had a chance to take the stand and tell the truth.
The defense rested its case Friday with no rebuttal from the government.
During their weeklong defense, Bulger's lawyers seemed to have three goals:
One: Try to cast doubt on who killed two of the 19 victims, both of them women.
Two: Shift the blame onto the FBI, specifically agents who either did nothing or did too little to prevent several murders.
Three: Convince the jury that Bulger was not an FBI informant, a notion prosecutors called "ludicrous" in light of his FBI informant card and a 700-page file loaded with "tips" on rival gang members.
Bulger's partner, Steve "The Rifleman" Flemmi, testified as one of the government's star witnesses, and he said that he saw Bulger strangle the two women. The defense team, however, presented evidence that Flemmi had the greater motive to kill his own girlfriend and his stepdaughter.
The girlfriend, Debra Davis, was about to leave him for another man. The defense recalled Martorano, who testified that Flemmi admitted he "accidentally strangled" the 26-year-old woman.
Martorano joins a laundry list of gangsters gone government witnesses, testifying under immunity after they learned Bulger was an informant for the FBI for nearly two decades.
Flemmi acknowledged he lured Davis to a home but says Bulger strangled her because she was talking too much and had become a liability.
As for Flemmi's common-law stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey, Bulger's lawyers presented evidence Flemmi had apparently been sexually abusing the girl for years.
Flemmi also called her, among other things, a "prostitute ... doing drugs." Flemmi says he took her shopping before bringing her to a home where Bulger was waiting. He said Bulger got a perverse high from strangling her.
A number of retired FBI agents and supervisors also took the stand, many testifying that they believed Bulger should be shut down as an informant because he wasn't providing any useful information.
The agents said they never pressed the issue because apparently FBI headquarters felt Bulger was useful in taking down the New England Mafia.
There are 18 jurors -- 12 with six alternates. Eleven are men and seven are women.
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By Deborah Feyerick and Kristina Sgueglia