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Murder Charge In Death of Potential Bulger Witness

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WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A man has been charged with murder in the July poisoning death of an alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
    
Prosecutors say 69-year-old William Camuti of Sudbury, Mass., was indicted Friday on the upgraded charge in the death of Stephen Rakes of Quincy.
    
Prosecutors say Camuti poisoned Rakes' coffee when they met over a business deal. A medical examiner has confirmed Rakes died from cyanide poisoning.
    
Authorities say the 59-year-old Rakes' death was not connected to the Bulger case.
    
Camuti has previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in Rakes' death. A message was left Friday for Camuti's attorney.
    
Rakes had hoped to testify in Bulger's trial but wasn't called. Bulger was sentenced Thursday to two life terms in a broad racketeering case that included involvement in 11 killings.

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