Man, 80, Arrested In 1991 Killing Of Armored Truck Guard In Worcester

WORCESTER (AP/CBS) — An 80-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged in the 1991 fatal shooting of an armored truck guard.

The Worcester District Attorney’s office said Tuesday that Ralph DeMasi, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, has been charged with murder and robbery.

DeMasi is accused of killing 52-year-old Edward Morlock of Athol, Massachusetts, in May 1991. Morlock was shot while carrying bags of money from a Shaw’s Supermarket in Worcester.

Edward Morlock (WBZ-TV)

Edward Morlock (WBZ-TV)

Prosecutors say DeMasi and three other suspects robbed Morlock and then escaped in a waiting car. Authorities say the other suspects have all died.

The emotions surged back for Jeanette Morlock when she learned an arrest was made in her husband’s death. “I’m satisfied, they found them,” Morlock told WBZ’s Louisa Moller. “I’m very happy but at the same time it’s upsetting.”

“It’s like when he killed him, he killed me too,” Jeanette Morlock said. “I loved that man very much and I still carry my love for him.”

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said DeMasi’s arrest was the result of great investigative work by Worcester police.

DeMasi was a witness in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger in 2013. DeMasi was wounded in a hit on another man connected to Bulger. He testified after serving more than 21 years in prison for an attempted robbery of an armored car in which no one was hurt.

It was not immediately clear if DeMasi has obtained a lawyer. He is to be arraigned Wednesday at the Worcester County Courthouse.

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