BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for former reputed crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger have been given more time to review a “massive” amount of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Bulger’s lawyers said Wednesday the government has given them a huge pile of documents and other materials that may be used during Bulger’s trial.

The former leader of the Winter Hill Gang is charged in connection with 19 murders. He was not in court.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said the defense has begun to go through the discovery materials, but needs more time.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler scheduled a status conference for Nov. 21.

Bulger fled Boston just before a racketeering indictment was handed up against him in 1995. He remained a fugitive for more than 16 years until he was apprehended in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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