By: Chloe Leshner


BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) -- The high profile murder trial of an ex-mafia boss "Cadillac Frank" Salemme and his accomplice started in federal court Wednesday. The jury heard opening statements and from the first witness today.

84 year old Frank Salemme was wheeled into the court room. The mobster on trial for the 1993 murder of Steven DiSarro. Co-defendant Paul Weadick is charged as an accomplice. 

Prosecutors say the two killed DiSarro because they thought he would talk to federal agents and that jurors will hear from cooperative witnesses like Bobby DeLuca, who they say helped bury DiSarro's body and Stephen Flemmi, who told police he saw Salemme and his now deceased son strangling DiSarro.

The defense team for Salemme says many of witnesses are career criminals, convicted of lying under oath. 

“That’s why we have a trial there’s 2 sides to every story," defense attorney Steven Boozang said outside of court.

The first witness to take the stand was Pamela DiSarro, the victim’s wife. Emotional at times, she said the time around her husbands disappearance was very difficult for her family and that the last time she saw her husband, he got into a red Jeep. Outside of court she had no comment. 

The trial is expected to take 1 month. Salemme is facing the death penalty 

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