BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A judge has delayed ruling whether to grant bail for the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bugler.
The decision came Wednesday at the end of a two-day detention hearing for Catherine Greig. She is charged with harboring a fugitive after allegedly helping Bulger evade capture during the 16 years they were on the run together.
Greig’s lawyer told the judge his client would agree to be voluntarily held while he gathers more information to argue for her eventual release. Kevin Reddington said he wanted to submit a full background report through the court’s pretrial services division.
WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.
During testimony on Wednesday, an FBI agent says Greig told a California hairdresser she “liked bad boys.”
Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive. Bulger and Greig were captured last month in California after 16 years on the run.
Michael Carazza said Greig told the hairdresser that she knew her husband, apparently referring to Bulger, was a bad boy when she married him but had mellowed.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.
The couple had posed as husband and wife. Greig’s lawyer argues she didn’t participate in serious crimes and left Boston with Bulger when many people saw him as a “hero-like figure.”
Longtime Whitey Bulger associate Kevin Weeks also took the stand on Wednesday to testify on Greig’s behalf. He told the court he traveled to Chicago in 1996 to make fake IDs for Whitey and Catherine. He portrayed Greig as a nice woman.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields spoke to family members of Bulger’s alleged victims:
“She’s a strong person,” he stated on the stand. “She’s a caring compassionate person.” Weeks also noted that Bulger never included Catherine in “business” and said she was never violent. Family members of
Bulger’s victims were set to testify against Greig. They want her to stay behind bars, arguing she protected a murderer for 16 years.
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