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For 2d time, man's murder trial begins

Attack on lawyer halted first effort

John Gomes scanned the Suffolk Superior courtroom yesterday as he and his lawyer, Russell Sobelman, stood during jury instruction. Prosecutors said Gomes killed Ildobrando Correia in August 2002 after mistaking him for a rival. John Gomes scanned the Suffolk Superior courtroom yesterday as he and his lawyer, Russell Sobelman, stood during jury instruction. Prosecutors said Gomes killed Ildobrando Correia in August 2002 after mistaking him for a rival. (Michael Dwyer for The Boston Globe)

Opening statements were made yesterday in the second trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Dorchester youth soccer coach five years ago.

John Gomes, 30, is charged in Suffolk Superior Court with first-degree murder, accused of firing 18 shots into the car of Ildobrando Correia, 45, who prosecutors said was mistaken for a rival. Correia had just dropped off an elderly family friend who lived around the corner from his home on Draper Street.

Before the hearing adjourned, Correia was remembered on the witness stand as a hard-working father and husband by his widow, Maria DePina.

DePina recounted a last call from her husband from a pay phone near his job downtown. "He said, 'I just called to say I love you very much.' . . . Those were the last words I ever heard from him."

In the 10 months following the August 2002 killing, Gomes, whom prosecutors described as "brazen and vicious," moved across the country several times before being apprehended by police in North Bay Village, Fla., during a traffic stop.

He was first brought to trial in May, but proceedings were delayed after Gomes's lawyer withdrew from the case, following a courtroom attack in which Gomes allegedly choked him with his own necktie.

The trial is to resume Tuesday.

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