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Judge to  consider  crime boss  Whitey Bulger’s  claim that a man  convicted of murder is innocent

By Shelly Murphy

FALL RIVER — A judge ruled Monday that a South Boston man who says he was wrongly convicted of murder 33 years ago, and who offered letters of support from James “Whitey” Bulger, is entitled to present evidence and call witnesses at a hearing to investigate his claim.

 

Superior Court Judge Raymond P. Veary Jr. said defense lawyers raised serious questions about whether a recently discovered police report should have been turned over by prosecutors during the trial of Fred Weichel, who was convicted decades ago of the 1980 slaying of 25-year-old Robert LaMonica in Braintree.

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