BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to delay the trial of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger by three months.
In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns rejected a defense motion to delay the trial by eight months, but agreed to put it off from March until June. He said jury selection will begin on June 6.
Bulger's lawyer, J.W. Carney, released a statement on Friday night saying they accept the judge's decision and will do everything in their power to be ready for June 6.
Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is charged with participating in 19 murders. He fled Boston in late 1994 and remained a fugitive on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list until June 2011, when he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif.
The 83-year-old Bulger has pleaded not guilty. Carney has said he will testify at trial about his claim that he was given immunity for his crimes by a federal prosecutor while Bulger was an FBI informant.