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Continuing coverage of the ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme trial

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5/9/2018: Opening statements from both sides, prosecutors say Steven DiSarro got “too close” to Salemme, defense says don’t trust government witnesses.

5/10/2018: Former mob associate given new identity testifies how he introduced Steven DiSarro to Frank Salemme.

5/11/2018: Jurors take a field trip to Sharon Massachusetts home – where murder allegedly happened – and Providence mill building where body was discovered.

5/14/2018: FBI agent details dig and recovery of remains behind Providence mill building.

5/15/2018: RI Medical Examiner says once-broken finger helped identify the body of Steven DiSarro.

5/16/2018: Admitted RI mobster relives how he and others buried DiSarro body

5/17/2018: Joe DeLuca’s memory and honesty questioned by defense attorneys.

5/18/2018: FBI recording of Salemme and another mobster played in court, the pair discuss DiSarro two years before his death.

5/21/2018 (trial postponed): Lawyers for the U.S. Marshals service is asking a judge to clear the courtroom when an undercover investigator testifies.

5/23/2018: With the trial on hold for an undisclosed reason, the judge approves the use of a makeup artist to alter the identity of a federal agent during testimony.

5/29/2018: RI mob captain Robert DeLuca testifies Salemme called him to get rid of the body of Steven DiSarro in 1993.

5/30/2018: Robert DeLuca faces grilling by defense attorneys in cross examination.

5/31/2018 Recorded prison phone conversations played at trial resurrect Operation Plunder Dome figure.

6/4/2018: Secretly recorded FBI phone call captures voice of Steven DiSarro one month before he vanished.

6/5/2018: Witness for prosecution denies a mysterious car fire near his pizza shop intimidated him prior to testimony.

6/6/2018: Notorious mobster Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi doesn’t recognize his former underworld partner, Frank Salemme, in the courtroom.

6/7/2018: Flemmi testifies he walked in on the gangland slaying of Steven DiSarro, relives other murders he committed.

6/18/2018: Lawyers on both sides of the case make their final arguments to a jury of 10 women and six men.

6/19/2018 The fate of Frank Salemme and Paul Weadick now in the hands of the jury.

6/20/2018: On day two of deliberations, jurors request transcripts for two secretly recorded FBI conversations played earlier in the trial

6/21/2018: Jurors ask to read the testimony of two RI mob brothers in day three of deliberations

6/22/2018: On day four of deliberations, jurors want to see the transcript from “The Rifleman’s” testimony

6/22/2018 (verdict)Frank Salemme and Paul Weadick found guilty of murder

7/9/2018: Paul Weadick demands guilty verdict be thrown out and requests a new trial

7/10/2018: Proseuctors say Weadick “miserably fails” in argument for new trial

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Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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