Gerald Sullivan, 37 of Charlestown, had Massachusetts Murder Charges returned against him by a Middlesex County Grand Jury yesterday in connection with the robbery of a Medford home that left one person dead and another seriously injures.
Sullivan was indicted on criminal charges including First Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Assault to Murder, Armed Assault to Rob, Aggravated Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Gerald Sullivan was also indicted as an Armed Career Criminal.
According to the Medford Police Department and the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Gerald Sullivan and another person, both wearing masks, allegedly knocked on the door at a Jerome Street apartment in Medford. Once the occupant opened the door, Sullivan allegedly pushed his way in began robbing the occupant of his money and jewelry.
During the Home Invasion, Gerald Sullivan allegedly shot the occupants, Johnny Hatch, 37, and his father, John Viera. Another occupant of the apartment called 911. Johnny Hatch was pronounced dead at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Although John Viera survived the shot to his head, he was seriously injured and not all bullet fragments were able to be removed from his brain.
Johnny Hatch was a musician who had co-founded the group Mikst Nutz, a hip-hop group from Boston that was popular in the mid-1990's.
Gerald Sullivan was not immediately arrested following this incident. It has been reported that the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office was able to link him to this crime through CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) - essentially an FBI database that includes, among others, DNA samples from persons previously convicted of major felony crimes.
The United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights presumes that all persons charged with a crime, no matter how serious the allegations, are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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