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Suspected Gunman Charged In Mattapan Murders

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Dwayne Moore hid behind the door during his arraignment on Tuesday.  (CBS)

Dwayne Moore hid behind the door during his arraignment on Tuesday. (CBS)

DORCHESTER (CBS/AP) – The suspected gunman in the September slayings of four people in Mattapan has been ordered held without bail.

33-year-old Dwayne Moore was arraigned in Dorchester District Court Tuesday on four counts of murder, one count of armed assault with intent to murder and other charges related to the Sept. 28 attack.

THE ARREST

Moore was arrested Monday night during a police interrogation.  “He was brought in for questioning last night,” Police Commissioner Ed Davis told WBZ Radio Tuesday, “but it was not the first time that we talked to him.”

 WBZ News Radio’s Ed Walsh speaks to Commissioner Davis

Moore was released from prison back in April, after serving 14 years for manslaughter.  He was convicted in 1996 in the stabbing death of a Milton teenager at a party.

“We’re certainly very concerned about that,” Davis said of Moore’s release.

WHAT HAPPENED

Investigators believe Moore fired the shots that killed 2-year-old Amani Smith; his mother, 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory; her boyfriend, 21-year-old Simba Martin; and 22-year-old Levaughn Washum-Garrison.

A fifth person, 32-year-old Marcus Hurd, was critically wounded.

In a courtroom packed with relatives of the victims, not guilty pleas were entered for Moore, who did not show his face.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.

Prosecutor Edmond Zabin said Moore used to live with victim Simba Martin and knew that Martin kept drugs and cash at the address.

Zabin said Moore and and his former cellmate, Kimani Washington, 35, of Dorchester, robbed the home, and later “marched” the victims up a street where they were shot.

Moore’s court-appointed lawyer said his client “vehemently denies” the allegations.

mattapan victims 2 Suspected Gunman Charged In Mattapan Murders

From right to left: Eyanna Flonory, 21, Sean “Simba” Martin, 21, Amani Smith, 2, and LeVaughn Washum Garrison, 22 (CBS)

Read: Mattapan Shooting — The Victims

SECOND ARREST

Washington was taken into custody last month.

He faces several charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He has not been charged with the murders.

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