Efrain Martinez awarded $33 Million in Compensation for Killing Whitey Bulger

Jury awards man $33 million for wrongful conviction, decades in jail over murder tied to Whitey Bulger A jury in Massachusetts has awarded a man $33 million in compensation for wrongful conviction, 20 years…

Efrain Martinez awarded $33 Million in Compensation for Killing Whitey Bulger

Jury awards man $33 million for wrongful conviction, decades in jail over murder tied to Whitey Bulger

A jury in Massachusetts has awarded a man $33 million in compensation for wrongful conviction, 20 years in jail and a lifetime of pain and suffering tied to his role in the deaths of two men who were wrongly convicted of killing notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in 1993, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said today.

Efrain Martinez, 42, testified as his own attorney, saying he was “overwhelmed” by public passion over what he described as one of the darkest chapters in Massachusetts history. Jurors deliberated for just over two hours before returning the verdict in the case of Kevin Weeks, 32, of Framingham, and Benjamin Williams, 31, of Boston. He was being tried on charges that he killed Weeks and Williams and conspired to kill two other men whom two of his co-defendants were accused of killing.

The verdict was returned late Wednesday afternoon by a 13-0 jury to a judge who oversaw the case and will be sent to the state Supreme Court. The trial is expected to take four to six weeks.

After a judge denied his motion to dismiss the indictment in January of this year, the case was sent to the jury in late July when a state judge presided over a trial to determine whether Martinez was an accomplice to the other co-defendants in the case.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Martinez was a member of the West Side Crew, an Irish gang based in East Boston. He was charged and convicted in 1995 of a double murder that had taken place in 1981 in a residential building not far from the Whitey Bulger murder scene. He was sentenced to life without parole on a charge of armed assault.

Under questioning by U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, Martinez said that after his conviction, he and two co-defendants went to jail because of a conflict between the Irish gang

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