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Trial Begins For Men Accused In Mattapan Massacre

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

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

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The murder trial of two men accused taking part in the killings of a toddler and three adults during a drug robbery in Mattapan began Thursday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.

Dwayne Moore and Edward Washington are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting that took the lives of 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory and her 2-year-old son, Amani Smith; 21-year-old Simba Martin; and 22-year-old LeVaughn Washum-Garrison. A fifth victim received serious injuries and is now paralyzed.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

In opening statements on Thursday, prosecutor Ed Zabin went to the emotional heart of the case, telling the jury that Amani will forever be 2 years old.

“Bullets passing through (Flonory’s) arms and striking little Amani in the arm and in the chest…bullets that broke his bones,” said Zabin.

Moore allegedly shot the victims after Washington and Moore went to Martin’s home to steal drugs and money. Prosecutors said Washington’s cousin Kimani originally joined him and Moore for the robbery, but Kimani left while the others returned moments later to commit the murders.

Defense attorney John Cunha says Kimani Washington can’t be trusted:

“He’s a liar! He’s a pathological liar!” said Cunha.

Edward Washington and Moore have pleaded not guilty.

Earlier in the day, 12 jurors and four alternates visited the site of the Sept. 2010 killings.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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