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Tensions Rise In Mattapan Murder Trial

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Kimani Washington testifies at the Mattapan Massacre trial on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Kimani Washington testifies at the Mattapan Massacre trial on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The defense attacked the credibility of the prosecution’s key witness on Wednesday at the trial for two men charged with killing four people and leaving a fifth paralyzed in Mattapan in September 2010.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports.

The defense attorney portrayed Kimani Washington as career criminal with six fiances who routinely lies to police.

“You spend your days selling drugs, sticking people up, pimping, smoking pot and drinking Remy Martin or cognac and Red Bull,” said John Amabile, the defense attorney, told the witness.

The witness’s cousin, Edward Washington, and Dwayne Moore are accused in the murders.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

On Tuesday, Kimani Washington testified that while he took part in a drug robbery that ended with a toddler and three adults dead on a Boston street, he had nothing to do with the shootings.

Kimani Washington said after the robbery he left the scene and only found out about the killings later. He said he made $600 from the robbery.

He admitted that he struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for leniency.

A spectator was dragged out of court for calling Kimani a snitch and a rat.

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