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West Roxbury man sentenced to life in prison for 2010 murder of Waltham man

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 24, 2012 03:25 PM

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A West Roxbury man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and fatally shooting a Waltham man two years ago, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.

Daniel Louis, 23 was found guilty last week by a Middlesex Superior Court jury on charges of murdering Adam Coveney, a 29-year-old Waltham man. Louis was also found guilty on charges of attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm.

Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced Louis to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder charge, and a total of six to eight years in state prison for the attempted armed robbery and firearm possession charges.

According to authorities, Louis shot Coveney in the abdomen after Louis and several then-teenagers allegedly attempted to rob Coveney during a drug deal.

Also charged in connection with the Sept. 30, 2010 murder of Coveney are Benjamin Peirce, 19, of Newton, and Shaquan Jacobs, 20, of Newton. Their next court date is Sept. 28.

A fourth defendant, Wallace Duarte, 20, of Waltham, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder for allegedly driving the other defendants from the scene. His next court date will follow the other co-defendants’.

According to authorities, Peirce allegedly bought masks, gloves, and bleach eight hours before the murder, and allegedly obtained the gun with Louis and Jacobs in Boston.

When Peirce, Jacobs and Louis allegedly met Coveney to buy drugs from him at 879 Lexington St. in Waltham, Jacobs and Louis allegedly jumped out from hiding and began to beat Coveney, and Louis then shot him.

Before fleeing the area, Louis is alleged to have laughed about shooting the victim and Peirce allegedly picked up the drugs the victim had in his possession as Coveney lay dying on the ground.

The three then allegedly left the scene in a car driven by Duarte with a female companion.

“This defendant shot Daniel Louis to death in cold blood, while conspiring with three others who agreed to set up the victim for a drug deal in which they intended to shoot and kill the victim,” Leone said in a prepared statement. “The defendant showed a complete disregard for another person’s life in committing this act of senseless violence. The defendant has now been held accountable for his actions and our thoughts remain with Adam's family and loved ones.”

Police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found Coveney. He was transported to Newton-Wellesey Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Peirce was arrested on the morning of Oct. 1, 2010 and arraigned that afternoon in Waltham District Court where he was ordered held without bail. Jacobs, Louis, and Duarte were arrested in the afternoon of Oct. 1, 2010. They were arraigned on Oct. 4, 2010 in Waltham District Court. Jacobs and Louis were also ordered held without bail.

The case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Waltham Police.

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