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Charles Brook, Jr., 66, was recently indicted by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office on Massachusetts Sex Crimes and Murder Charges in connection with the 1989 Rape and killing of an 87 Boston woman.

At his arraignment in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court, prosecutors claimed that Charles Brook allegedly sexually assaulted and strangled Zahia Salem, then 87, on November 30, 1989. Her body was found a few hours later by her downstairs neighbor. No person was charged with the crime, until Boston Police were reportedly able to match Charles Brook’s DNA profile that was complied from a cigarette that was found at the scene.

Massachusetts law requires that every person convicted of a felony crime must submit their DNA sample to the state’s DNA database. Because DNA technology wasn’t advanced or even available years back, police departments across Massachusetts and the county are taking advantage of DNA database to link purported DNA profiles to unsolved cases.

Unfortunately, the public’s perception is that DNA profiling is conclusive, reliable and 100% accurate, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that, DNA evidence can be ‘reliable’ as well as ‘weak’. In far too many cases, even lawyers are overwhelmed by DNA evidence and often accept the state’s lab tests ‘conclusive’ or ‘unchallengeable’.

Although DNA testing relies in large part on computer-generated data, there is also a subjective component with the interpretation of test results. In those cases where the interpretation of the results, for example, may call for an ambiguous call, the state’s DNA analyst will almost always weight his/her opinion in favor of the government’s position.

Accordingly, the Charles Brook defense team will most certainly examine the DNA evidence in this case very closely, and seek to challenge its reliability at every level. Just as critical in a case involving DNA evidence that was recovered from evidence over 20 years ago, is whether the evidence was properly recovered, preserved, and was free from contamination.

Charles Brook, currently committed to Massachusetts State Prison on an unrelated rape conviction, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court this past Wednesday for Rape and First Degree Murder.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Sex Crimes, including Rape; as well as Homicide Charges.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Emanuel Quadros, 32, was arrested this past Tuesday on Massachusetts Domestic Violence Charges after he allegedly assaulted his 3 week old infant son. Quadros was charged with Aggravated Assault & Battery, Causing Serious Injuries.

According to the Lawrence Police Department, Emanuel Quadros allegedly admitted to striking and injuring his infant son last May, which left the child with broken ribs and permanent brain injuries resulting in blindness and possible confinement to a wheelchair.

Quadros was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court and held on $75,000 cash bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Domestic Violence Charges, including Aggravated Assault & Battery.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Erica Ryan Transit police.jpgErica Ryan was arrested yesterday on Massachusetts Violent Crimes Charges after she allegedly punched her two year old son on an MBTA bus. She was arraigned this morning in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court on the charge of Aggravated Assault & Battery.

According to MBTA Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Erica Ryan was on an MBTA in Roxbury with her 2 year old son yesterday afternoon. After the child refused to eat what Ryan was attempting to feed him, Ryan allegedly punched the child in the mouth with a closed fist. Witnesses on the bus described Ryan as allegedly winding up and punching the child in the face with full force, causing the child’s head to snap back into the stroller. Police officers who arrived on scene reportedly observed dried blood on the child’s mouth.

After the alleged assault, Erica Ryan reportedly tried to get off the bus with the baby, but was confronted by other passenger who had witnesses the incident. The bus driver called the police and the other passengers held Ryan at bay until the police arrived. Suffolk County prosecutors represented that the incident was recorded on the bus’ surveillance system.

Following Erica Ryan’s arraignment in Roxbury District Court, she was held on $500 bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges, including Assault & Battery and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Mark David Titto, III, of East Boston, was charged with several Massachusetts Sex Crimes in connection with an alleged rape and sexual assault of a woman on July 13 in a Northborough Motel 6.

Titto was arraigned in Westborough District Court on sex crimes charges of Rape, Indecent Assault & Battery, and Assault & Battery on a Disabled Person with Injury.

According to the Boston Police Department, Mark David Titto allegedly set up an online ad seeking women “with skeletons in the closet” who might be interested in appearing in a purported documentary he was filming. The woman reportedly responded to the ad and met with Titto at a Motel 6, where he allegedly raped and assaulted her. The unidentified woman is deaf, which is an aggravating factor in the charge of Assault & Battery.

After the incident, the woman apparently stopped a Boston Police Officer in Roslindale and reported the incident before being taken to be treated at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Following his arraigned in Westborough District Court on Sex Crimes Charges, Mark David Titto was held on $50,000 and will be subject to GPS monitoring if bail is posted.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has successfully defended persons charged with various Massachusetts Sex Crimes, including Rape and Indecent Assault & Battery, and is available 24/7 for consultation. See Case Results.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Luis Hernandez, 41, of Natick, was arrested this past week and charged with Massachusetts Drug Crimes Violations following a ‘month-long’ investigation in Framingham. Hernandez was charged with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance; Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs; Conspiracy to Violate the Massachusetts Drug Laws and Resisting Arrest.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Natick Police allegedly observed Luis Hernandez engage in a drug transaction from the parking lot of his Natick apartment. Police then followed the alleged buyers, Gina Stucchi and William Roberts, to a parking lot in Framingham off Route 9 and allegedly observed them attempting to himself with cocaine or heroin. One of the passengers in the car, Maria Woods, allegedly told police they had purchased the drugs from Luis Hernandez.

Natick Police stopped Luis Hernandez sometime thereafter and he allegedly admitted to having drugs in the car, as well as drugs in a safe in his apartment. Officers then searched Hernandez’ apartment and allegedly recovered cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Seems too easy for the police doesn’t it? Imagine how simple it was for everyone involved to admit their criminal culpability, make statements implicating themselves in drug dealing, while at the same time providing police with the probable cause to conduct a warrantless search of an apartment. There must be more, or less, to this story…

At the end of the day, in almost every case my clients are involved with, I almost always get the same statement from the client: “I never told the police that!” Discrepancies concerning any alleged statements are to be taken very seriously, particularly where the client/defendant denies making any statements in the first place. For that reason, I always advise clients to err on the side of caution and invoke their Right to Remain Silent or Privilege Against Self-Incrimination.

Regardless, all other persons involved in this investigation were arrested on various Drug Crimes Charges.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges, including Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy to Violate the Massachusetts Drug Laws.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Drug Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Junior Fernandes, 22, of Boston’s Dorchester section, was arraigned on Monday on Massachusetts Murder Charges and Gun Charges following the shooting death of his girlfriend, Alessa Castellon, last Sunday night.

Fernandes has been charged with First Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Junior Fernandes allegedly shot Alessa Castellon early Monday morning after the two got into an argument outside his sister’s apartment on Granger Street in Dorchester.

Following his arrest by Boston Police, Fernandes allegedly told police that he met with Alessa Castellon to talk about their relationship, when she began to assault him. According to police, Fernandes allegedly stated that he tried to walk away once Castellon began hitting and punching him, but he then pulled out a gun, fired a shot, and then ‘blacked out’ before driving away.

Following his Murder arraignment in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, Fernandes was held without bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Murder Charges and Massachusetts Gun Charges, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click here to Contact a Boston Murder Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Laquan Miller, of Boston’s Roslindale section, was arraigned this morning in West Roxbury District Court on Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with the shooting death of Wilfredo Martinez, 23, on June 5.

Miller was arraigned on charges including First Degree Murder, Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, and Gun Charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Boston Police, Laquan Miller allegedly shot Wilfredo Martinez to death on June 5 near the Archdale Housing Development. Another man who was with Martinez, was also shot, but he survived his injuries after surgery at a Boston hospital.

At this time, there have been no released reports by the Boston Police with any possible motive or circumstances surrounding this incident.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Murder Charges and all Massachusetts Gun Crimes.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Jerry Dixon, 38, has been indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury in Boston of several counts of Massachusetts Sex Crimes, including several indictments for Aggravated Rape stemming from three separate incidents in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

Dixon was reportedly linked to the three 1991 alleged sexual assaults through a CODIS (“Combined DNA Index System”) hit that is essentially a DNA database maintained by the FBI. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Dixon has allegedly been linked to these three sexual assaults after his DNA allegedly matched DNA samples that have been kept from those incidents.

Police were reportedly able to match Jerry Dixon’s DNA after he was convicted of Armed Robbery. In Massachusetts, any person that is convicted of a felony offense is required by statute to submit their DNA to the Massachusetts DNA database, which in turn submits the DNA samples into the CODIS database.

Notably, however, another man, Anthony Powell, was previously tried and convicted of these three 1991 Rapes. Powell was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court in 1992 and spent 12 years in state prison before he was released after DNA technology became available and he was exonerated.

In many sexual assault cases, many people believe that simply because there is an alleged DNA match that there is no defense to the charges. That is not true. In fact, there may be several other explanations and defenses as to why a person’s DNA may be found at the scene of the crime, including the defense of consent, i.e., that no alleged rape occurred at all.

As far as Jerry Dixon’s case goes in his defense against the Sex Crimes of Aggravated Rape, the defense will certainly explore all the evidence that allegedly links him to these crimes, as well as any reasonable explanations as to the reasons for those links.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience and has successfully defended persons charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes, including Rape, and is available 24/7 for consultation. See Case Results.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Boston Police arrested Anthony Robertson of Dorchester last week for the Murder of Aaron Wornum. Robertson was arraigned yesterday in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court for First Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office alleges that Anthony Robertson shot and killed Aaron Wornum as he was talking on his cell phone on June 26. Wornum was reportedly shot several times in the area of Sumner and East Cottage Streets in Dorchester that evening and died as a result after being taken to Boston Medical Center.

Boston Police and prosecutors have suggested that phone records subpoenaed during the course of the investigation led them to focus the investigation on Anthony Robertson, alleging that the phone records at the time of the shooting link Wornum to the incident.

At this time, however, it’s unclear whether the Boston Police Department has recovered the gun that was allegedly used in the murder and if so, where it was found and what evidence may exist to link that weapon to Anthony Robertson. It is also unclear whether the police or prosecutors know of any witnesses that put Anthony Robertson at the scene of the murder.

Following his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on Massachusetts Murder Charges, Anthony Robertson was held without bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending persons accused of Crimes of Violence, and is available for consultation 24/7 for all such crimes, including Murder.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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kavanaugh.jpgOrlando Harrington Kavanaugh, of Boston, was arraigned on Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with an Armed Home Invasion in Rockland that resulted in the shooting death of Tina Gonsalves.

Kavanaugh was arraigned yesterday from his hospital bed on charges including First Degree Murder; Armed Home Invasion; Armed Assault with Intent to Murder; and Gun Crimes Charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Kavanaugh, 28, allegedly broke into the Rockland apartment at 50 Concord Street at shortly after 7:30 a.m. by breaking the glass window in the door and reaching into to unlock it. Once inside, prosecutors allege that Kavanaugh pushed Tina Gonsalves into the back of the apartment.

During the struggle, Kavanaugh allegedly shot at Gonsalves’ son, but missed; he also then allegedly shot Tina Gonsalves in the abdomen. Gonsalves’ son, however, then shot Kavanaugh as he was leaving the apartment, striking him in the left shoulder. Kavanaugh reportedly got into a truck that was allegedly waiting for him outside.

According to the police, a witness who was outside the apartment was able to identity Kavanaugh as the person with the gun. Gonsalves’ son, however, was unable to identity him, as Kavanaugh was allegedly wearing a hooded sweatshirt during the incident.

After Orlando Kavanaugh was dropped off at the emergency room at the hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound, police obtained the surveillance video of the hospital and were reportedly able to identify the truck. The truck was reportedly registered to Tyrell Nichols, whose phone records allegedly revealed evidence of a scheme to rob a house.

At this time, it is not known whether Tyrell Nichols will also be charged. Theoretically, the prosecutors could try charging him with First Degree Murder and Armed Home Invasion as well under the theory that he aided and abetted Kavanaugh. He could also be charged as an Accessory Before the Fact or Accessory After the Fact.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is avaialable 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes of Violence, including Murder, Home Invasion, and Gun Crimes Charges.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Murder Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.