BOSTON (CBS) — Kevin Weeks may well be a star witness for the prosecution in the federal trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, but he’s no star in the eyes of victims’ families.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports
Weeks testified Monday that his longtime partner and pal Jim Bulger was in fact the triggerman the night in 1982 that Michael Donahue was gunned down. But he says he didn’t know who the other guy in Whitey’s car was.
“I got no respect for that fat bully,” Tommy Donahue said of Weeks after court.
Donahue’s father was killed during a hit meant for another man, Brain Halloran, who was thought to be cooperating with the FBI against Winter Hill. Halloran also died in that shooting.
After that double murder, Weeks said of his association with Bulger and his associate Steve Flemmi, “There was really no getting out. I knew I was in.”
Weeks’ long history with Bulger and Flemmi was well-documented in several many surveillance photos shown to the jury Monday.
Weeks is testifying under a plea deal, that lets him speak freely about the murders, drug deals, extortion and money laundering he claims to have done so successfully with Bulger for years.
He spoke casually of how he came to be Bulger’s second-hand man.
“Eventually I went to work for him,” Weeks explained. He originally met Bulger when he was working as a bouncer at local bars, including Bulger hangout Triple O’s. “Basically we drove around. Sometimes I’d beat somebody up,” Weeks continued.
Weeks seemed to be looking Whitey’s way occasionally from the witness stand, but that glance wasn’t returned.