BOSTON (CBS) – Victims’ family members took the stand on Friday to testify against two men charged with killing four people in Mattapan on September 28, 2010.
The testimony, particularly references to two-year-old victim Amani Smith brought several people in the courtroom to tears.
The crying was enough that during the break, the judge asked people to control their emotions, warning if they don’t, there could be a mistrial.
“I expect that testimony in this case will continue to be quite graphic at times and upsetting,” judge Christine Mcivoy told the courtroom. “If there’s something that you anticipate or testimony that is too difficult for you or an exhibit that is too difficult for you, leave the courtroom you can always come back in at a later time.”
The jury also heard from a Boston police officer who described the executions as nothing short of a massacre.
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Police say Dwayne Moore and Ed Washington pulled guns, robbed everyone of drugs and money, marched them outside, and executed them.
Arriving officers found Ayana Flonory lying in the street clutching her two-year-old son. Levaughn Washum-Garrison and Simba Martin were also killed.
Marcus Hurd, the lone survivor, survived a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Hurd told officer Joe Brown he had gone to the house to buy marijuana when he was brutally attacked by men he could not identify. He was stripped and shot in the head.
“I leaned over him and asked him what happened. He said ‘I just came here to buy some weed. Then two guys pulled guns, robbed us, took our clothes,then shot us,’” Brown told the court on Friday.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports
Hurd, who is a quadriplegic as a result of the shooting, is expected to testify later in the trial.
A third suspect, Kimani Washington, cut a deal with prosecutors and will testify for the District Attorney’s office.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.