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Suspects in delivery man murder held without bail

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Richel Nova (Photo: Boston Globe)

Arraignment for three young suspects accused in the brutal murder of a pizza deliveryman last week in Hyde Park.

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Authorities say 20-year-old Michel Andre St. Jean of Hyde Park, 18-year-old Alexander Emmanuel Gallett of Hyde Park and 17-year-old Yamiley Mathurin of Mattapan lured Richel Nova to a vacant home at 742 Hyde Park Ave. last Thursday, then robbed him, repeatedly stabbed him and stole his car.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman said, “It was never their intention that Richel Nova would leave that home in any other way than a body bag.”

The three were arraigned in West Roxbury District Court Tuesday.

All three were ordered held without bail. 

WBZ’s Carl Stevens has more from the courthouse:

Hickman said Mathurin used a neighbor’s phone to call the Domino’s pizza shop where the 58-year-old Nova worked. When Nova arrived at the house, Mathurin lured him inside by telling him she had to get her wallet, Hickman said. She said the three then stabbed him repeatedly in the chest and slashed his neck.

St. Jean’s lawyer, Jeffrey Karp, said his client is “a typical 20-year-old” who “was planning on bettering himself, like most kids his age.”

“My client is a 20-year-old young man who, as far as I know, has never been in trouble with the law and is not a thug and is not a terrorist, as he’s being described,” Karp said.

Family and friends at West Roxbury District Court. (WBZ-AM)

Family and friends at West Roxbury District Court. (WBZ-AM)

 

Steven Sack, an attorney representing Yamiley Mathurin, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Gallett’s attorney, Peter Krupp, declined to comment.

The victim’s family packed into the front row of the courtroom, all wearing white shirts and holding pictures of Nova.

A wake for Nova will be held Tuesday night in Jamaica Plain. The funeral is Wednesday morning in East Boston.

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