Judge OKs Worcester Jury In Mattapan Massacre Trial
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.
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