BOSTON (CBS) – Family members disrupted the court proceedings yelling “show your face” as two men accused of dragging a Dorchester man on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester Friday night were allowed to shield their faces in court.
Dejon Barnes, 18, and 23-year-old Kenneth Ford are charged with unarmed robbery for dragging 18-year-old Kemoni Miller as he tried to sell them an Apple Iphone for $600.
Prosecutors say Barnes is an acquaintance of Miller’s girlfriend and they made contact about the sale through Facebook which ended up in a dispute over the phone’s condition.
“Eventually Mr. Barnes reached into the glove compartment as if to pull out money for the cellphone. Instead he grabbed it from the victim’s hand,” said Suffolk County assistant district attorney Amy Martin. “The front passenger window was put up lodging the victim’s arm in the front window and at that point Mr. Ford accelerated at a high rate of speed.”
Miller suffered a life threatening blow to the back of the head and is now hospitalized on life support. Prosecutors say he was dragged at least a half mile at speeds up to 60 miles an hour.
“I think it’s the most cowardly thing. Why are they being protected. Let’s see them, what’s wrong is wrong,” said Shandra Young, the grandmother of Miller’s one year old daughter. “We’re not through praying and we’re not through being by his side. We are hoping he pulls through,” said Young.
Both defendants are being held on $100,000 cash bail and could face additional charges.