BOSTON (AP) — A man who has spent more than three decades in prison for murder is asking for a new trial, claiming he has corroboration for his claim that gangster James “Whitey” Bulger framed him.
Fred Weichel says Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi told federal prosecutors last year that Bulger urged a corrupt FBI agent not to tell authorities he saw Weichel at a bar shortly before Robert LaMonica was fatally shot in 1980. Weichel’s lawyers say that alibi could have made a big difference at his 1981 trial.
Weichel, now 62, also says records turned over by Braintree police in 2010 suggest that someone else had been identified as a possible suspect.
“The bottom line is he didn’t do it,” said Boston attorney Michael Ricciuti, a former federal prosecutor whose firm has been working with the New England Innocence Project and is representing Weichel for free.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports