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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Boston Federal prosecutors have indicted 26 people in connection with an alleged organized crime group in Boston’s Chinatown section, which charges them with Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes, such as prostitution, as well as money laundering, illegal gambling and Gun Crimes.

According to the Boston FBI office, the investigation into the alleged Chinatown crime group has netted the seizure of $340,000, tens of thousands of illegal pills, and several weapons.

Of the several men charged in the indictment, the few named are Minh Cam Luong, Songzeng Cao, Yao Cao, and Hin Pau, Yue Q. He, Wei Xing Chen, Xiaohong Xue, and Peter Melendez.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Major Felony Crimes.

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Five men were indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury in Salem Superior Court on Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with the shooting death of Roberto Gonzalez in 2009.

Francis Wyatt, 29, and Cauris Gonzalez, 22, were both arraigned in Salem Superior Court this week for First Degree Murder. Two other men, Yoshio Stackerman and Thomas Castro, are scheduled to be arraigned at a later date. A sixth man, Joel Javier, reportedly surrendered to police in Provincetown yesterday after he was named in the murder indictment.

Maribel Villafane, 25, was also arraigned in Salem Superior Court on the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Murder.

According to Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police, Robert Gonzalez was allegedly targeted as he sat in his minivan in Lawrence when he was approached by two gunmen who began to open fire. Gonzalez reportedly dove into the passenger’s seat, but was reportedly hit by several bullets.

Shortly after the shooting, Robert Gonzalez’ wife was interview, who stated she believed that Gonzalez was targeted in retaliation over an argument he had a few days before over some money he was owed.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges, including Murder.

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Joseph Lee Brown, 22, of Cambridge, was arrested and charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes for allegedly raping sexually assaulting a 19 year old woman in Boston on July 4th. Brown was arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court on the sex crime of Rape.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the alleged sexual assault occurred shortly before 11:00 p.m. following Boston’s fireworks display at the Esplanade. According to police, Joseph Lee Brown met the young woman in Harvard Square that evening, and the two walked along the Charles River to watch the fireworks.

In the area near the John W. Weeks Footbridge, Joseph Lee Brown allegedly pushed the woman to the ground and raped her. Immediately following the alleged sexual assault, the woman had a friend call 911 and then admitted herself into Cambridge Hospital to be treated for injuries and to have a rape examination done.

Joseph Lee Brown was reportedly arrested by Cambridge Police who then transferred him to the Massachusetts State Police barracks. It is unclear, however, how Brown came to be identified and arrested, e.g., whether the young woman was able to identify him by name or whether some sort of identification process was utilized by the police in order to identity him.

At Brown’s arraignment on Rape Charges in Brighton yesterday, Brighton District Court presiding justice Judge Donnelly imposed a $50,000 bail on these charges, and also revoked his bail on a separate pending criminal matter which charges him with Larceny and Assault.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has several years’ experience in defending Massachusetts Major Felony Crimes, including Rape, and other Sexual Assault Crimes, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

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

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fujita.jpgNathaniel Fujita was arrested and has been charged in connection with the Murder of Lauren Astley, the Wayland teenager whose body was found in a wooded marsh area along Route 27 near a Wayland beach.

Fujita was arraigned this morning in Framingham District Court on 1st Degree Murder Charges. Following his arraignment, he was held without bail.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Lauren Astley’s car was found parked at the Wayland beach after she was reported missing late Sunday night. She was last seen leaving work at the Natick Collection at 6:30 that night. Yesterday morning, however, Lauren Astley’s body was discovered by a man along Route 27, partially submerged in a marsh.

Police, in the meantime, had obtained a search warrant for the home of Nathaniel Fujita, in which they allegedly discovered “significant blood” and a bungee cord that police believe Fujita allegedly wrapped around her neck – which reportedly had a gaping and significant wound. Nathaniel Fujita had reportedly been involved in a 3 year relationship with Lauren Astley that recently ended.

At this time, it is unclear what led police to investigate Nathaniel Fujita, or how they otherwise were able to justify the probable cause needed for their obtaining a search warrant for his home.

The United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights presumes all persons are presumed innocent.

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

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

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Robert M. MacCormack, 32, of West Roxbury, was arrested on Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges this past weekend after he allegedly pulled out a gun on a food delivery driver. MacCormack was arrested on gun crimes including Assault With a Dangerous Weapon and Improper Storage of a Firearm.

According to the Boston Police Department, police officers were approached by a delivery driver who said Robert MacCormack allegedly pulled out a gun on him as he was driving down Pender Street in West Roxbury. According to the driver, MacCormack allegedly pulled up to him after his delivery and questioned why he was driving down the street in a reckless manner. The driver alleges that he was threatened at this point by MacCormack allegedly pointing a gun at him.

Boston Police Officers who responded to the incident reported that Robert MacCormack is licensed to carry a firearm and arrested him. A search of MacCormack’s house also yielded in the seizure of three guns and several rounds of ammunition.

Of particular concern in this case is what justification the Boston Police used in entering the home of Robert M. MacCormack and searching for and seizing his other lawfully owned weapons, presumably without a search warrant.

The Massachusetts Gun Laws of Improper Storage of a Firearm makes it unlawful for any person, whether properly licensed or not, to store a firearm or ammunition in any place unless the weapon is secured in a lock container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other device so as to render the weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user.

A violation of Improper Storage of a Firearm in Massachusetts could result in imprisonment for up to 1 year; or for not less than 1 year and up to 10 years if the firearm is a “large capacity weapon or machine gun.”

Under Massachusetts Gun Laws, a firearm is defined as “a pistol, revolver or other weapon…loaded or unloaded, from which a shot or bullet can be discharged…”

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has significant experience in defending persons charged with Massachusetts Gun Crimes, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

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Jeremiah Sullivan, of Gloucester, has been indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with the overdose of Michael Rogers. He has been indicted on the Murder Charge of Involuntary Manslaughter; Distribution of a Class A Substance, Heroin; Operating Under the Influence of Drugs; Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle; and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Jeremiah Sullivan allegedly distributed heroin to Michael Rogers, who consumed the drugs which resulted in his death by overdose.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office is proceeding its prosecution against Jeremiah Sullivan under a theory that his providing drugs that resulted in a death by overdose is manslaughter.

In Massachusetts, Involuntary Manslaughter is the unintentionally killing of another caused by wanton or reckless conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm will result to another. In order to prove the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter, prosecutors would need to prove that:

  1. The defendant committed an unintentional killing, i.e., that the defendant intended the conduct that caused the death of another;
  2. That the killing was caused by wanton or reckless conduct; and
  3. The wanton or reckless conduct caused the death of that person.

The potential penalty that may be imposed upon a conviction for the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter is up to 20 years in state prison.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending persons charges with Crimes of Violence in Massachusetts, and is available 24/7 for consultation on crimes involving Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter.

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