Gangster is 2nd Whitey Bulger slaying suspect, official says

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Gangster is 2nd Whitey Bulger slaying suspect, official says
FILE - These 1953 file Boston police booking photos provided by The Boston Globe shows James "Whitey" Bulger after an arrest. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. (Boston Police/The Boston Globe via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says a second inmate under suspicion in Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s prison killing is a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to kill a teenager to keep her from talking to police.

The official who was briefed on the investigation said Friday that 44-year-old Paul J. DeCologero is a suspect in Bulger’s death Tuesday at a West Virginia prison. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

DeCologero is the second Massachusetts mobster suspected in Bulger’s beating.

The FBI has declined to comment. Authorities have said only that Bulger’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Attorney Jeanne Kempthorne previously represented DeCologero and said she has a “hard time seeing a motive” for him to kill Bulger.

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Associated Press writer Denise Lavoie reported from Richmond, Virginia.