A judge has delayed ruling whether to grant bail for the longtime girlfriend of reputed former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bugler.
The decision came Wednesday at the end of an emotional two-day detention hearing for Catherine Greig. She is charged with harboring a fugitive after allegedly helping Bulger evade capture during the 16 years they were on the run together.
Greig's lawyer told the judge his client would agree to be voluntarily held while he gathers more information to argue for her eventual release. Kevin Reddington said he wanted to submit a full background report through the court's pretrial services division.
Earlier Wednesday, four relatives of Bulger's alleged murder victims offered statements on behalf of the prosecution.
"We had impact statements from the families expressing their anger and contempt at the idea that Grieg, who, according to the government, helped Bulger along the way in all sorts of ways, would ever be able to make bail," said WBUR's David Boeri from U.S. District Court.
Chris McIntyre, whose brother was allegedly killed by Bulger, says Greig should stay behind bars.
"I'm not afraid of her," McIntyre said. "It's an emotional drain on my family. They've taken 27 years, that's it. We don't want to let them take anymore."
Tommy Donahue, the son of another of Bulger's alleged victims, echoed McIntyre's sentiments.
"She went knowingly and willingly with him, so I don't have any compassion for her," Donahue said.
With reporting from The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
This program aired on July 13, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.