BOSTON (AP) — The jury that convicted James “Whitey” Bulger in a series of gangland murders Monday also left some families shaken when it didn’t find him guilty in eight other killings — angering relatives who have waited decades to see someone pay for the deaths of their loved ones.
The federal jury found Bulger had a role in 11 murders, assuring the 83-year-old will die in prison, but jurors found that his role in the remaining cases was unproven.
Steve Davis didn’t wait for the jury to be dismissed before he walked out of the courtroom appearing upset it issued no finding on the 1981 strangulation of his sister, Debra Davis.
One woman exclaimed, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” after the jury said prosecutors hadn’t proven Bulger’s role in the 1975 death of Francis “Buddy” Leonard, who was shot in the head.
A visibly angry Billy O’Brien told reporters that prosecutors “dropped the ball” after the jury didn’t convict Bulger in the 1973 shooting death of his father, William O’Brien. “Five minutes they spent talking about his murder” during the trial, he said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports