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Jury in Whitey Bulger trial deliberates for 5th day

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BOSTON -- Jurors in the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger have begun their fifth day of deliberations Monday at federal court in Boston after mulling over the charges against the reputed crime boss for about 28 hours without reaching a verdict.

Bulger, 83, is charged in a 32-count racketeering indictment that includes playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. He was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in 1994 before his indictment. He was captured in Santa Monica in 2011.

The jury must find that Bulger committed at least two of the acts within 10 years of each other to find him guilty of racketeering.

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In their first hour of deliberations Monday, the jurors asked that if they find a person named in the indictment guilty of an act, is Bulger guilty as well? The judge said she would tell jurors they must find Bulger guilty separately.

The jury got the case Tuesday. Once the jury reaches its verdict, a separate forfeiture hearing will be held on a request by the government to force Bulger to give up the $822,000 in cash, 30 guns and other items found in his Santa Monica apartment. The jury will be asked to make that decision after hearing arguments from prosecutors and Bulger's attorneys.

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