BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - A Massachusetts 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 Bulger's former partner, 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, who is 62 years old and serving a life sentence without parole, says records turned over by Braintree police in 2010 suggest that someone else had been identified as a possible suspect.
"I don't know what Mr. Bulger's involvement may or may not be, " said Michael Ricciuti, Weichel's lawyer, who is working for free. "I just know that based on the evidence that should have been produced to my client's very able lawyer, he should never have been convicted."
Prosecutors have urged a judge to reject the motion without a hearing. They say even if Weichel had been at the bar, he still had time to get to LaMonica's apartment to kill him.