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Camuti arraigned for murder of former Bulger associate

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WOBURN, Mass. (WHDH) - Sudbury man William Camuti was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty for the murder of former Whitey Bulger associate Stephen Rakes.

Camuti pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, first degree murder, misleading investigators, and improper disposal of human remains. The 70-year-old walked into court with the help of a crutch on his left side. Camuti's attorney says Camuti fell at the Billerica House of Corrections and fractured his hip.

Camuti has been in custody since August. Wednesday was his arraignment in superior court on these charges.

He is accused of luring Stephen Rakes, a business associate of his, to a meeting on July 16 and poisoning him with an iced coffee laced with potassium cyanide.

“There was a statement taken by the state police officers after he had been brought to Mass. General Hospital to the psychiatric unit after he had slit his wrists. He thought he was still dying at the time. He was under medication. So the reliability of the voracity of that type of statement is highly questionable,” said Stanley Norkunas, Camuti’s attorney.

Camuti's lawyer didn't argue bail at this hearing. He says Camuti lost his apartment and his family sold his possessions. He has nowhere to stay.

Camuti’s next court date is March 26.

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