Three friends who were allegedly with 21-year-old Cory Disciscio the night he was killed Labor Day weekend were indicted today on obstruction of justice charges in connection with the fatal shooting, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said.
"The defendants’ responses to questions from investigators were intended to cover up their own complicity in the shooting as well as mislead and interfere with the investigation," according to the statement by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.'s office.
One of the men, John Generazio, 21, of Malden, was also charged with
discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling that night, according
to the statement.
Investigators allege Generazio fired a shot behind the Dockside Restaurant less than half an hour before his friend was gunned down a few blocks away at Eastern Avenue and Wyeth Street after midnight Sept. 5 last year.
Along with Generazio, authorities charged Anthony Piwinski, 24, of Winthrop; both men were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on one count of obstruction of justice, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possesion of ammunition.
Also arraigned on three counts of obstruction was Derek Lassard, 24, of Malden, the statement said. Lassard lied while under oath when he was asked questions regarding where he was and what he saw the night Disciscio was shot, authorities allege.
“These three defendants are alleged to have been criminally uncooperative, providing lies and inaccurate information to the police who were investigating the death of their friend,” Leone said. “This office takes such deliberate tampering with the pursuit of justice on behalf of a murder victim very seriously and we will charge anyone who intentionally interferes with our prosecution of a case.”
Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Matthew Day ordered Generazio held on $10,000 cash bail; Piwinski on $20,000; and Lassard on $5,000, the statement said. If released on bail, the men would be on house arrest and required to wear GPS monitoring devices.
The three are due back in court April 25 for a pretrial conference.