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Judge OKs Worcester Jury In Mattapan Massacre Trial

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Dwayne Moore (left) and Edward Washington.

Dwayne Moore (left) and Edward Washington.

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston judge has ruled that jurors will be brought from neighboring Worcester County for next week’s retrial of a man accused of killing four people, including a toddler, in a drug-related robbery two years ago.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said Friday that pretrial publicity didn’t warrant a location change, but said bringing in a jury from the nearby large county could make a fairer trial for Dwayne Moore.

Court Document: Motion for change of venue

A Boston jury deadlocked on most charges against Moore in his first trial in March. Co-defendant Edward Washington was acquitted.

Moore faces charges including four counts of first-degree murder, and assault in the wounding of a fifth, paralyzed victim.

Prosecutors say the victims were herded into a street in the Mattapan neighborhood and shot. Defense lawyers challenged a key prosecution witness who admitted taking part in the robbery.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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