BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for former New England mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme says his client has been "no angel" but played no role in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.
Attorney Steven Boozang told jurors during his opening statement Wednesday that the 84-year-old Salemme has admitted to participating in slayings and other crimes but has long denied having anything to do with Steven DiSarro's death.
Longtime organized crime federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak told jurors Salemme had DiSarro killed because Salemme was worried DiSarro would cooperate with authorities.
Wyshak says another mobster, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, will testify that he walked in as Salemme's son was strangling DiSarro while Salemme stood by. Salemme led the New England family of La Cosa Nostra in the early 1990s. Salemme's son died in 1995.
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