Witness during Bulger trial acquitted in 1991 slaying

Ralph DeMasi enters his not guilty plea during his arraignment in the 1991 shooting death of an armored truck guard, Edward P. Morlock Sr., in Worcester Superior Court on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.
Ralph DeMasi enters his not guilty plea during his arraignment in the 1991 shooting death of an armored truck guard, Edward P. Morlock Sr., in Worcester Superior Court on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. –Christine Hochkeppel / Pool

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An 82-year-old convicted felon who testified at the trial of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been found not guilty in the killing of an armored truck guard in Massachusetts 27 years ago.

Ralph DeMasi was acquitted Friday of murder and armed robbery charges in the May 1991 shooting death of Edward Morlock Sr. at a Worcester supermarket.

The Telegram & Gazette reports jurors reached the verdict after less than three hours of deliberations.

DeMasi’s attorney argued during the trial that the whole case against him hinged on the word of “dishonest, dishonorable” witnesses, including the getaway driver.

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Prosecutors said the getaway driver’s testimony was corroborated by several other witnesses.

DeMasi served more than 21 years in prison for a different armored car robbery and later testified at Bulger’s 2013 racketeering trial.

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