Court outburst disrupts Mattapan murder trial
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Testimony in the Mattapan quadruple murder case continued on Wednesday. The prosecution’s key witness, Kimani Washington, took the stand for the second day in a row.
Washington was testifying about his nicknames when suddenly a man in the back of the courtroom had an outburst and was thrown out of the courtroom.
Two men, 32-year-old Edward Washington, and 34-year-old Dwayne Moore are accused of gunning down five after a 2010 drug robbery, killing four of them including 2-year-old Amanihotep Smith.
“Obviously we just had a disruption in the courtroom. That individual has been removed. The individual will not be back in this courtroom and will not be back in this courthouse. And I apologize to you for the fact that the proceedings were disrupted,” said Judge Christine McIvoy, Suffolk Superior Court.
The prosecution’s star witness in the emotionally charged trial is 36-year-old Kimani Washington, who says he was at the robbery but not the shootings. He agreed to testify against the defendants in a plea deal in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Kimani Washington says Dwayne Moore admitted to the killings, but in an aggressive cross-examination, Moore’s defense attorney got Washington to admit that he has lied to police.
“One of the rules is police interview you, you lie. Is that correct?” asked the defense attorney.
“Yes,” replied Washington.
“If you get called as the witness by the prosecution, you lie. Is that correct?” asked the defense attorney.
“”Yes,” Washington replied again.
The defense is trying to paint Kimani Washington as a liar who is just trying to save his own skin. Washington will be back on the stand on Thursday.
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