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11:35 am
Sat July 9, 2011

Family Wants No Tulsa Trial

Tulsa, OK – Kin says ex-crime boss should not have Okla. trial

(Information in the following story is from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe)

BOSTON (AP) The family of a Tulsa businessman allegedly killed on orders from former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger reportedly believes he shouldn't be tried in Oklahoma because authorities there botched a related case.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Roger Wheeler's son Lawrence said in a recent letter to Boston's U.S. attorney the family believes Oklahoma authorities violated protocol when former FBI Agent Paul Rico died in their custody in 2004. Rico was awaiting trial on charges he helped plot Wheeler's 1981 killing.

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris said Friday he understands the family's frustration that Rico didn't come to trial, and he's still committed to seeking justice for them. Harris said he's not aware of any policy violation when Rico died of natural causes.

Bulger was captured last month after 16 years on the run.