Benjamin Peirce, a 17 year-old senior at Newton North High School, was arrested today and arraigned in Waltham District Court for the shooting and killing of Adam Coveney, 29, in his own apartment in Waltham. Peirce was charged with Murder and Armed Assault to Commit Murder.
The Waltham Police Department reports that officers responded to Coveney’s apartment shortly after 11:03 p.m. last night after reports of gunfire in the area. Once in the apartment building, Coveney was found wounded and rushed to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Middlesex County District Attorney and Waltham Police Department believe that Peirce and a group of friends went to Coveney’s apartment in Waltham under the ruse to buy drugs, but with the intention of robbing him of his drugs and money.
It’s not known how many other people were with Peirce, but I would expect there may be additional arrests and charges for these individuals, including Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Armed Robbery and Gun / Firearms Charges.
Crimes such as Murder and Armed Robbery are considered to be the most horrific crimes one can be charged with, and the penalties if convicted with these or even similar crimes could not be more severe. For this reason, if you are charged or even under investigation for Murder or any serious Crime of Violence for that matter, before you do or say anything, you should immediately consult with an experienced Boston Criminal Attorney.