Levonrence Perkins, 20, of Boston, wanted in connection with the Dorchester Murder of Cordell McAfee, was arrested by federal law enforcement yesterday in Providence.
Cordell McAfee was murdered in the Dorchester section of Boston last May 7 as he was standing near the intersection of Roseland Street and Dorchester Avenue.
Although Boston Police and the Suffolk County D.A.’s Office believe that McAfee’s murder was not a result of his testifying as a key witness in the murder trial of Trina Persad, all reasonable indications suggest that was the motive. Trina Persad was killed in 2002 by a shotgun blast as she played in a Roxbury park.
Although McAfee was also charged in connection with the murder of Trina Persad, he pled guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for his testimony against Marquis Nelson and Joseph Cousin. In that trial, Nelson was acquitted of Murder, while Cousin was convicted of Second Degree Murder.
Second Degree Murder:
In Massachusetts, First Degree Murder is defined as an unlawful killing committed with deliberate premeditation and malice or with extreme atrocity or cruelty. Felony Murder, or murder committed during the commission or attempted commission of a felony punishable by life in prison, such as Armed Robbery, is also Murder in the First Degree.
Second Degree Murder in Massachusetts, by contrast, is an unlawful killing that was not committed with deliberate premeditation and malice, extreme atrocity or cruelty, or in the commission of a felony.
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