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Edward Washington, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested and is to be charged in connection to the Mattapan murders that claimed the lives of four people during the September drug robbery in Mattapan.

Boston Police reported that Washington is to be charged with four counts of Murder, as well as Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

As previously reported in the Boston Criminal Lawyers Blog, the Boston Police and Suffolk County prosecutors allege that Edward Washington, Dwayne Moore and Kimani Washington conspired to rob Simba Martin, who was known to them as dealing drugs from his Mattapan home on Sutton Avenue. The men, according to the Boston Police and prosecutors, knew that Martin ran a drug business from his home and knew of his stash of drugs and money.

On September 28, 2010, the men tried to get Martin to come out of his home, but another man, Marcus Hurd, arrived to purchase drugs of his own. At that point, the men forced both Martin and Hurd inside the home at gunpoint and began robbing the home.

After cash, drugs and other items were taken, Martin and Hurd, along with Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Eyanna Flonory and her 2 year old child, Amani Smith, were forcefully taken from the home and directed to nearby Woolson Street where they were shot, execution style, multiple times. Their bodies were found, naked, the next morning by a passer-by. Only Marcus Hurd survived the gunshot wounds, but he remains in critical condition at a Boston Hospital.

The day after the murders, Kimani Washington was stopped by Boston Police Officers driving the car they believe was linked to Marcus Hurd. Washington was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Suffolk County prosecutor have revealed that one of the guns allegedly used in the Mattapan murders was seized during a search of Washington’s mother-in-law’s apartment. He has not, as of this date, been charged with Murder.

Dwayne Moore was also previously arrested and has already been arraigned in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court. He has been charged with four counts of First Degree Murder.

At Moore’s arraignment, Suffolk County prosecutors revealed that Moore knew of Martin’s illegal drug business, including the stash of drugs and money at his home, because he had lived with Martin for a short time after being released from state prison in 2010 after serving time for a Manslaughter conviction.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in representing persons charged with major felony crimes, and is available 24/7 for consultation on all Crimes of Violence Charges, including Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Assault to Murder, and Gun Charges.

If you have been charged with a major felony crime, you should immediately consult with an experienced Boston Criminal Lawyer who can help you protect your rights and offer you the best defense.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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cocaine.jpgDennis King and Raymond Swanson, both of North Andover, were arrested today in Drug Charges after their car was stopped by Massachusetts State Police on Route 114 in Lawrence today.

The car, which was a rental from Lowell, was stopped for speeding. A later search of the car revealed over 30 grams of cocaine. Both men have been charged with Drug Trafficking in Cocaine, Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws; Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and were scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court this morning.

Drug Trafficking:
In Massachusetts, the crime of Drug Trafficking involves the knowing or intentional manufacture, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute certain net weights of controlled substances.

Drug Trafficking carries extremely serious penalties, which vary depending on the ‘weight’ of the drugs seized. For example, someone charged with Trafficking between 28 to 100 grams of cocaine could face anywhere from a minimum of 5 years, to a maximum of 20 years in state prison.

Constitutional Issues in Drug Cases:
In cases involving the Search & Seizure of drugs, whether from your car or home, raises serious constitutional issues that should, at the very least be explored, if not litigated.

When charged with the crime involving the unlawful possession of drugs, whether the search and ultimate seizure of the drugs was valid should be challenged to ensure that the officers had the requisite ‘reasonable suspicion’ or ‘probable cause’ to seize the items and make the arrest.

The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 14 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights prohibits the police or government from searching your body, home, vehicle or property unless they have:

  1. At the very least, ‘reasonable suspicion’ to believe that you have engaged in the unlawful or illegal activity; or
  2. Secured a Search Warrant specifically delineating the place to be searched and the evidence that they are searching for.

In this context, even if you have been arrested for a Drug Crime, not all hope is lost. They police may have exceeded their Constitutional bounds and violated your Right to be Free from Unlawful Searches and Seizures. If so, you should challenge the seizure and seek to have the drugs suppressed or excluded from the criminal prosecution against you!

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending Drug Crimes and has successfully challenged Search & Seizure cases in a wide variety of cases. He is available 24/ for consultation on all drug crime matters, including Drug Trafficking, Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, and School Zone Violations.

To schedule a Free Consultation with a Boston Drug Crimes Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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zapata.jpgTwo teenage girls, both from Dorchester, were arrested after breaking into a Framingham apartment this past Sunday. Luz Zapata, 18, along with a 14 year old juvenile girl, both allegedly admitted breaking into the Framingham apartment.

Both girls were discovered to have broken into the apartment when one of the residents arrived. Zapata was allegedly found to be in the apartment, while the other girl was apparently acting as a lookout. When confronted, the two girls got into a taxi and left.

The resident then then followed the taxi while calling the Framingham Police Department, and the police arrested the girls as they were found sitting in the taxi at a train station. Both girl initially denied stealing anything, but a later search revealed an iPod and charger that was reported missing from the apartment.

Both girls were charged with Breaking & Entering in the Daytime With Intent to Commit a Felony and Larceny Over $250.

Zapata was arraigned in Framingham District Cout and held on $500 cash bail. She also had an outstanding warrant against her person out of Boston Municipal Court. The 14 year old juvenile was arraigned in Framingham Juvenile Court.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is an experienced criminal attorney and defends those accused of all Theft Crimes, including Larceny Over $250 and Breaking and Entering.

To schedule a Free Consultation with a Boston Criminal Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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fd2859_perry.jpgVernon Perry, of Rhode Island, was arrested in Massachusetts this past Saturday and charged with his ninth (9th) Drunk Driving Charge.

Perry was arraigned in Tauton District Court this morning and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Subsequent Offense, as well as Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Following his arraignment, he was held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing.

In Massachusetts, a conviction for a 5th or subsequent Drunk Driving charge carries up to 5 years in state prison.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Perry was driving erratically, and the vehicle was drifting back and forth over the double yellow line. The Taunton Police Officer that stopped Perry’s car claimed he observed his eyes glassy and red; and that it took him four attempts to get his license out of his wallet.

Perry was also asked to perform Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed; and he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer Test.

Should I Take the Breathalyzer Test?
If ever pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving in Massachusetts, you should know that the legal limit for Blood-Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08, which is relatively low.

Although police officers are supposed to tell you, they may (intentionally?) omit to tell you that you have the right to refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer Test. Although there will be a mandatory loss of your Driver’s License if you do refuse to take the Breathalyzer Test (how long depends if you’ve previously been convicted and/or requested to take a BAC test), you should carefully weigh any loss of your Driver’s License against the likelihood of providing greater evidence against you in the inevitable criminal prosecution.

For example, in cases where you know you would blow a BAC reading greater than 0.08, you might decide to refuse the Breathalyzer test with the hope of all other evidence against you being week, and hopefully beating your drunk driving case.

If you elect not to submit to a Breathalyzer Test, you should know that a refusal cannot be used at trial in the criminal prosecution against you.

In Massachusetts, the length of suspension of your Driver’s License due to a Breathalyzer Refusal depends on whether you have any prior convictions or prior refusals to Breathalyzer Tests. If none, your license will be suspended for 180 days; with two priors, it will be suspended for 5 years; and with three prior, you could face a lifetime loss of your Driver’s License.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has successfully defended and obtained acquittals for persons charged with Operation Under the Influence of Alcohol and related Drunk Driving Charges. See Case Results.

If you have been charged with Drunk Driving and would like a Free Consultation with a Boston Drunk Driving Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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Robenson Daniel-thumb-250x187.jpgRobenson Daniel, who was arrested in September for the Murder of Elhaji Malick Ndiaye, 18, of Waltham, was arraigned yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court and charged with Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Assault with Intent to Murder.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and Waltham Police Department, Daniel allegedly stabbed Ndiaye to death in the parking lot of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. The men, who did not appear to know one another, were reportedly visiting friends who attended the school.

Robenson Daniel was charged with ther Murder of Ndiaye, as well as for trying to stab two others. Following his arraignment, Daniel was held on $750,000 bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis defends those charged with all major felony crimes, including Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and other Crimes of Violence.

To schedule a Free Consultation and to discuss your case with a Boston Criminal Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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The Boston Police Department reports that a livery driver, who picked up two men and was driving them to Mattapan on Saturday afternoon, ended up robbing him of $400 in cash.

The two men allegedly put what the driver believed to be a gun to the back of his head and stole his wedding band, cell phone, earrings and cash. The driver walked to Boston Police District B-3 in Dorchester and gave a description of the suspects. Boston Police Officers reportedly saw two men matching the description given by the driver and followed them to an apartment on Walk Hill Street.

Boston Police ultimately arrested Troy Fernandez, 21, and Molijah Burley, 19, both from Dorchester, and have charged them with Armed Robbery.

While pursuing Fernandez and Burley into the apartment, officers also observed a large bag of marijuana, and ended up arresting three other people for Drug Crimes. Rodney C. Haskin, 22, Phillip Henry, 24, and Sharon M. Thibeau, all of Mattapan, were all arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Marijuana.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending persons against criminal charges involving Drug Crimes Charges and Crimes of Violence, including Armed Robbery. See Case Results.

To schedule a Free Consultation and to discuss your criminal case with a Boston Criminal Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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Dennis Bowen, 22, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, was arrested last night for allegedly stabbing to death Carlos Ramirez, also of Chelsea, on Thanksgiving Day morning this past Thursday.

According to the Chelsea Police Department, Bowen allegedly stabbed Ramirez on Broadway Street in Chelsea after some ‘altercation’. At this time, there is no information as to what prompted the altercation, or how Bowen and Ramirez were known to one another.

Last evening, Bowen negotiated through his criminal attorney to turn himself in to the Chelsea Police Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court Monday morning on Murder Charges.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all major felony crimes, including Murder and other Crimes of Violence.

To schedule a Free Consultation with a Boston Murder Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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Mary Huot, of Fall River, Massachusetts, is charged with Assault with Intent to Murder for allegedly driving her car into a large crowd of people.

The incident occurred last Sunday morning when Huot allegedly drove into the crowd, which resulted in injuries to three young women. According to New Bedford Police, a witness told them Huot laughed as she drove her car over the curb and gunned the gas at several people standing on the grass. Huot then allegedly left the scene of the incident.

In addition to Assault with Intent to Murder charges, Huot was also charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. She is expected back in court this Monday for a Dangerousness Hearing.

A Dangerousness Hearing is held in those cases where the crime involves a Crimes of Violence or a felony offense that has as an element the use or threat of physical force against another person and where the prosecutor asks the Judge to detain the person without bail. A defendant against whom a petition for detention is requested is entitled to a hearing, at which the Judge must find that the prosecutor has proven that ‘no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of any person in the community.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation of all major felony crimes, including Assault to Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and other Crimes of Violence.

To schedule a Free Consultation with a Boston Criminal Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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This past Tuesday, three men were caught trying to remove $30,000 worth of merchandise from Natick’s Louis Vuitton collection while one of the men ordered an employee to remove the cash from the register.

Natick Police repsonded and arrested Duane White, 44, of Boston. The other two men, however, were able to get away and remain at large to date. According to Natick Police, most of the stolen merchandise, which consisted mostly of purses, were left by the three suspects once officers responded. The cash taken, however, was not recovered.

Duane White is to be charged with Unarmed Robbery.

Unarmed Robbery is the crime where one, not being armed with a dangerous weapon, by force and violence, robs, steals or takes from the person of another money or other property. Massachusetts punishes the crime of Unarmed Robbery with imprisonment for any term of years up to life.

In order to prove the crime of Unarmed Robbery, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant either applied actual force and violence to the victim or put him or her in fear by using threatening words or gestures;
  2. The defendant took the money or other property with the intent to steal it; and
  3. The defendant took the money or other property from the immediate control of the victim.

The actual force and violence, or assault and putting the victim in fear must be the essence of the defendant obtaining possession of the property. This is distinguished from the crime of Armed Robbery, where a dangerous weapon, such as a gun or a knife, was used to obtain the property.

To schedule a Free Consultation and to discuss your criminal case with Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.

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Dwayne Moore, 33, was arraigned yesterday morning in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, charged with four counts of First Degree Murder in connection with the Mattapan murders of four people: Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Simba Martin, Eyanna Flonory, and her 2 year old child, Amanihotep Smith.

At Moore’s arraignment in Dorchester, Suffolk County prosecutors alleged that Moore conspired with Kimani Washington to rob Simba Martin, who was allegedly dealing drugs from his Mattapan home on Sutton Avenue. According to prosecutors, Moore lived with Martin at one point in 2010 after being released from state prison following a Manslaughter conviction, and therefore knew about Martin’s illegal drug business, and presumably, his stash of drugs and money at his home.

On the night of the murders, September 28, Moore and Washington tried to get Martin to come out of his home, but another man, Marcus Hurd, arrived to purchase drugs of his own. At that point, Moore and Washington forced both Martin and Hurd inside at gunpoint and the two began robbing the home.

After cash, drugs and other items were taken, the two men, one woman and her child were forced out of the home naked and taken to nearby Woolson Street where they were shot multiple times. Only Marcus Hurd has survived the incident but he remains in critical condition.

The day following the murders, Kimani Washington was stopped by Boston Police driving the car that was believed to be linked to Marcus Hurd, and he was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. As of this date, Washington has not been charged with Murder.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis recognizes the extremely serious consequences one faces when charged with major felony crimes such as Murder, Armed Robbery and Gun / Firearms Crimes, and for that reason, he makes himself available 24/7 for consultation.

To schedule a Free Consultation and to discuss your criminal case with a Boston Criminal Lawyer, Contact Us Online or call 617-325-9500.