Published: Jun 24, 2011 2:53 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 24, 2011 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) - Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, nabbed in California this week after 16 years as a fugitive, is making a quick return to Boston.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors says Bulger is scheduled to be in federal court in Boston at 4 p.m. Friday. His longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, who was captured with him in Santa Monica, Calif., will make her initial appearance in a different courtroom shortly afterward.

Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, faces charges in connection with 19 murders.

Bulger's fled Boston in early 1995, allegedly after a tip from former Boston FBI Agent John Connolly Jr., who was convicted in 2002 for protecting Bulger and his cohort Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi from prosecution. Both Bulger and Flemmi were FBI informants.

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