James "Whitey" Bulger trial set to get under way in Mass.

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    BOSTON (AP) - The long-awaited trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is set to get under way with opening statements to the jury.

    Prosecutors and Bulger's attorneys will present their statements Wednesday in federal court.

    Prosecutors plan to portray Bulger as the violent leader of the Winter Hill Gang who allegedly participated in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s.

    Bulger's lawyers plan to attack the credibility of the prosecution's star witnesses, three former Bulger cohorts who have turned into government witnesses and implicated him in the killings and a host of other crimes.

    A family member of each of the 19 victims will be called to testify by prosecutors.

    The trial is expected to last three to four months.

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