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Flemmi on stand

By DENISE LAVOIE  Update DENISE LAVOIE –AP writes

The Associated Press  

Friday, July 10, 2009; 10:51 AM

BOSTON — New England mobster Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi says he watched his cohort James “Whitey” Bulger strangle Flemmi’s 26-year-old-girlfriend.

Flemmi says that in 1981, he lured Debra Davis to a vacant home where Bulger was waiting.

Flemmi says he watched as Bulger strangled Davis and then pulled out her teeth so her body would be difficult to identify. Flemmi calls the killing a “traumatic moment” in his life.

Flemmi’s testimony came Friday in wrongful death lawsuits brought by Davis’ family and the families of two other people allegedly killed by Bulger and Flemmi. They say the FBI is responsible for the deaths because it failed to control Bulger and Flemmi, who were FBI informants.

The Justice Department claims the FBI did not know the men planned the killings and cannot be held liable.