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Sudbury man indicted on attempted murder charge in death of Whitey Bulger foe Stephen Rakes

Posted by Your Town  October 3, 2013 04:55 PM

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The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office:


WOBURN – William Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, has been indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of attempted murder, misleading police, and unlawful disposition of human remains, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

An arraignment date in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn has not yet been scheduled.

The body of Stephen Rakes, 59, of Quincy – with no identification, keys or cell phone – was discovered at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 in a wooded area off Mill Street in Lincoln.

Lincoln Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office immediately launched an investigation. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.

Surveillance video showed Rakes leaving the Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse the afternoon of July 16, where he had been regularly attending the trial of Whitey Bulger. He appeared to be wearing the same clothing when his body was found.

The investigation revealed that Camuti and Rakes had a longstanding business relationship. The defendant is alleged to have owed Rakes a significant amount of money which Rakes was attempting to collect. Based on evidence gathered by investigators, Camuti and Rakes spoke by phone on Tuesday, July 16 and Camuti requested a meeting to discuss a potential investment property in Wilmington.

Camuti allegedly met the victim around 1:45 p.m. at McDonald’s on Main Street in Waltham on July 16. The defendant purchased two iced coffees, one of which he had allegedly previously mixed with two teaspoons of potassium cyanide. He gave the laced drink to the victim, who drank from it.

It is alleged that the defendant drove around Waltham, Woburn, Burlington and Lincoln for several hours with the victim in the vehicle. It is further alleged the defendant dumped the body of Rakes in the wooded area in Lincoln where it was found the next day.

During the ensuing investigation, Camuti who was the last person known to have seen or spoken to Rakes on July 16 was interviewed by police. It is alleged that on two consecutive days Camuti misled these investigators.

Camuti was arrested August 2. He was arraigned in Concord District Court, where he was held without bail following a dangerousness hearing.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The incident remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Lincoln Police.

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Lynch, Chief of Homicide. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kristin D’Agnelli.

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