BOSTON — A magistrate judge has granted a request to give federal prosecutors more time to turn over evidence to lawyers for former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

Last week, prosecutors said the ordinary period of 28 days to turn over discovery material to the defense is “simply insufficient time” to produce thousands of hours of audiotapes and videotapes, hundreds of photos and other evidence. Bulger’s lawyers agreed to an extension until Aug. 31.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler granted the motion Monday.

Bulger, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured June 22 in Santa Monica after 16 years on the run. He is accused of participating in 19 murders.

Bulger was apprehended with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who is charged with harboring a fugitive.

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