New England in brief
BOSTONPolice were searching for two suspects last night who witnesses say fired gunshots at each other earlier in the evening on an athletic field behind Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury. Boston police spokesman Eddy Chrispin said officers responded to the shooting call at about 6:45 p.m. He said police recovered ballistic evidence at the scene, and there were no injuries.
Man arraigned in alleged carjack attemptA Woburn man accused of carjacking a luxury sedan in the South End Thursday was arraigned yesterday in Boston Municipal Court, said the Suffolk district attorney’s office. Matthew Burke, 32, pleaded not guilty to charges of carjacking and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said the district attorney’s office. Burke was held on $48,000 bail and was ordered to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. The 62-year-old victim, who is from the South End, said Thursday that he got into his vehicle on Shawmut Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., turned the engine on, and noticed a man at the driver’s side window. Burke allegedly forced his way inside the vehicle and started to drive away, the district attorney’s office said. He allegedly crashed the vehicle and was later arrested.
Arrest made in fatal shooting of brothersA Lowell man wanted in the killing of two brothers in that city in October was arrested yesterday in Florida, the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said. Karon McDougal, 28, was indicted in December on charges of first-degree murder and armed home invasion. Federal agents arrested him yesterday in Tampa, Leone’s office said, and he is expected to be returned to Massachusetts for arraignment. Prosecutors said McDougal and four other suspects fatally shot Luis Delgado, 34, and Hector Delgado, 37, both of Lowell, during an attempted home invasion in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2009. The other suspects are to go to trial in January.
Homeless man found dead; 2 in custodyOne homeless man is dead and two others are in custody, charged with beating the victim to death in Beverly Thursday, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office. Bradley Killiam, 56, was pronounced dead at Beverly Hospital around 6 p.m. after he was found unresponsive inside an apartment building on Broadway, prosecutors said. Police were alerted to a possible homicide at the address at 5:40 p.m., prosecutors said. Eric Roberts, 33, and Michael Bryson, 49, whose last known address was in Beverly, were arraigned yesterday in Salem District Court on charges of murder. Both pleaded not guilty and were ordered held without bail. They are due back in court July 12.
Teen says he accidentally killed friendA Worcester teenager who told authorities he accidentally shot his best friend in the face while the two were showing off their handguns has been ordered held without bail. Alexander Elicier, 17, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Worcester Superior Court to charges of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a firearm with the serial number defaced. Police responding last month found Brandon McNeil, 19, on the floor with a gunshot wound to the face. He died the next day. Elicier’s lawyers called the shooting an accident. Prosecutors say the shooting was not an accident because Elicier pointed the gun at his friend’s head and pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on. (AP)
Not guilty plea in flag football stabbingsA man accused of stabbing two opponents during a brawl between a pair of adult flag football teams has been ordered held on $50,000 bail. Justin Farland, 20, who has addresses in Taunton and Fall River, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including two counts of attempted murder at his arraignment in district court. Authorities allege Farland stabbed the men during a brawl involving as many as 20 players at Teamworks indoor sports facility in Somerset Monday. The victims remain hospitalized but are expected to survive. (AP)
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