Once-feared in Boston, Bulger about to face jurors

BOSTON (AP) — After nearly 16 years on the run and two years after his arrest on charges he played a role in 19 murders, James “Whitey” Bulger is about to face a jury.

A judge will hold a final pretrial conference on Monday afternoon before jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of the reputed Boston mob boss.

Bulger, who is 83, fled in 1994 after being tipped off that he was about to be indicted. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in June 2011.

Prosecutors plan to call mob figures, including Bulger’s former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, who is now serving a life sentence for 10 murders.

Bulger’s lawyers say they will attack the credibility of men they describe as “once-reviled criminal defendants.”

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