Officials: Cyanide Killed Potential Bulger Witness

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts medical examiner's office says cyanide poisoning killed an alleged extortion victim of James "Whitey" Bulger who had hoped to testify at Bulger's trial.

A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney's Office said Sunday that the medical examiner concluded that acute cyanide toxicity killed 59-year-old Stephen Rakes of Quincy in July. His death was ruled a homicide.

Rakes learned before his death that he wouldn't be called as a witness against Bulger, the Boston gangster convicted of murder in August.

Authorities say Rakes' death wasn't related to the Bulger case. Rakes' business associate, 69-year-old William Camuti of Sudbury, was charged with attempted murder and other crimes in Rakes' death and has pleaded not guilty.

Officials say they will now seek additional charges against Camuti.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 228534771 - kolotv.com/a?a=228534771
Gray Television, Inc.