I have to say the defense team committed a big blunder having the medical examiner go through each of the 19 deaths. From an earlier exchange between counsel, Zac Hafer said he wanted to put the evidence in through stipulation rather than having the doctor testify. He said defense would not agree to it.
So what happens is Doctor Richard Evans goes through each one of the 19 deaths and tells us about how they happened, how the person died, and puts in the death certificate. It took most of the morning before recess. Each death he talked about had to have the jurors review in their minds the earlier testimony about the murders. This could have been avoided. It was really a waste of time by defense counsel and worse, hurt whatever defense it intends to bring forth.
There was no cross-examination of the doctor. So what have we? 19 dead people who the defendant does not contest were murdered pretty much in the manner the witnesses testified they were done in. They obviously will loom large in the case.
To this point we don’t have the defense contesting the prosecutors version of how these people were murdered. All the jury knows is that Whitey was involved in murdering 19 people among a lot of other criminal acts. It has seen pictures of him with gangsters, it has watched as the guns were introduced and plunked down on the table for emphasis, Carney helped with this by having Fortnight pick up the guns and display them; and it has seen how Whitey was the meanest man in the whole town who controlled the drugs, booking and everything else in South Boston. It has seen guys who were tough guys, former boxers and Golden Glove champions, come in and say they were afraid of Whitey.
The jurors have to be close to certain, that is far beyond a reasonable doubt, Whitey did all of what they are hearing. They’ll be more. Benji Ditchman is coming in soon. As much as he presents as a vile person, the jurors will remember that testimony “Whitey and Stevie”- they were lumped together by some of the witnesses who feared them. Make Stevie look bad, so does Whitey.
The second witness this morning was Martorano’s old girl – he met her when she was 15, or as she prefers almost 16. He was a young lad himself of 35 years. They were together for 20 years, 16 hiding out in Florida. They brought one boy into the world named Benji Whitey or Whitey Benji, I’m not sure which. She lied in 1995 before a grand jury and probably lied today about not receiving any money from Jimmy Martorano, I could see her reviewing Murderman’s instructions in her mind as she testified.
It is remarkable looking at this woman who harbored Murderman for 16 years and lied to a grand jury walking around in the Florida sun; and on the other hand thinking of Catherine Greig who did only the former for Whitey doing 8 years in federal prison. It shows the difference between a POOF woman and the deals you can get for your gals if you are part of the prosecutors team. Murderman told the federals to leave his X alone and they dutifully complied.