Middlesex County prosecutors believe that 21 year old Daniel Louis, of West Roxbury, was the one who actually shot and murdered Coveney, but that 17 year old Newton North High School student Benjamin Peirce was the one who lured him into the parking lot under the guise of buying drugs from him.
Another defendant, Shaquan Jacobs, 18 of Newton, also allegedly assisted Louis and helped him attack Coveney just before Louis shot him. Additionally, a fourth person, Wallace Duarte, 17 of Waltham, is alleged to have driven everyone to the scene of the Murder, and allegedly knew of the robbery scheme ahead of time.
The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office has indicated that this is a class case of Felony Murder. Felony Murder is Murder that is committed in the commission or the attempted commission of a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of life, in this case, Armed Robbery.
In order to succeed on the crime of Felony Murder, the prosecutor must prove that the killing occurred in connection with the felony and at substantially the same time and place. A killing could also be deemed Felony Murder if it occurred as part of the defendant’s effort to escape responsibility for that felony.
For their role, Benjamin Peirce, Daniel Louis and Shaquan Jacobs have all been charged with Murder and are being held without bail. Duarte was arraigned as Accessory After the Fact to Murder, and was held on $20,000 cash bail.
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