Emotional testimony in Mattapan murder case
BOSTON (WHDH) -- There was more emotional testimony in court Friday in the 'Massacre in Mattapan' case. Two men are on trial for the deaths of four people, including a two-year-old boy and his mother.
In court, the families of the victims were forced to relive the events of the tragic night in Mattapan.
A tearful mother recounted the last time she saw her stepson, 23-year-old Simba Martin, one of four victims murdered in what police say was a drug robbery in September of 2010.
Police said 32-year-old Edward Washington and 34-year-old Dwayne Moore forced some of their victims to take off their clothes and then robbed them before shooting them. The youngest of the victims was 2-year-old Amanihotep Smith was killed along with his mother.
One of the first police officers on the scene described finding the mother and toddler lying in the street.
“She wasn’t moving, she was bleeding from the face. I looked at the baby and the baby, to me, was still moving and I saw a little burn mark in the inside of the arm but I thought the baby was okay,” said Officer Bernard Hicks of the Boston Police Department.
A fifth shooting victim, Marcus Hurd, is now paralyzed.
Distraught family members listened in the courtroom as another officer who found Hurd at the scene gave an account of what he saw.
“He told us that, ‘I’m not going to lie to you, that I’m here to buy weed and then two guys jumped me.’ He said that they had jumped him, took his clothes, took his car and shot him,” said Officer Joseph Brown of the Boston Police Department.
Police said a third man was with the two defendants but they said he has cut a deal and will testify against them. Marcus Hurd, the paralyzed victim, is also expected to testify.
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