Tulsa DA Considers Whether to Try 'Whitey' Bulger

Nov 15, 2013

District Attorney Tim Harris
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to move forward with the murder case filed against former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

A judge in Boston sentenced the 84-year-old gangster to two consecutive life sentences Thursday. In Tulsa, Bulger is charged with first-degree murder in the 1981 killing of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler.

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris says Bulger's sentencing in Boston "brings long-delayed justice." Harris tells the Tulsa World that Bulger's federal sentence will be taken into consideration as prosecutors decide whether to try Bulger for the Tulsa case.

Wheeler was shot to death outside a Tulsa country club on May 27, 1981. The gunman, John Martorano, pleaded guilty in May 2001 to second-degree murder in the case.