No conviction in Mattapan murder trial
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The jury in the Mattapan quadruple murder case acquitted Edward Washington on Thursday, who was accused of gunning down three adults and a 2-year-old during a drug robbery, and deadlocked on murder charges against Dwayne Moore.
Edward Washington was cleared of all charges against him, including four murder charges.
Dwayne Moore, who prosecutors maintained was the shooter, was cleared of a drug charge, but the judge declared a mistrial after the jury could not agree on nine charges against him.
"His reaction obviously was great relief that he has not been convicted of something he didn't do," said John Amabile,Moore's attorney.
“An acquittal is unanimous and that’s what happened. My client was acquitted unanimously by the jury,” said John Cunha, defense attorney.
After the verdicts were read against Edward Washington, there were outbursts from the victim’s family members and two people had to be forcibly removed from the Suffolk Superior courtroom.
Moore and Washington were on trial for the September 2010 shootings which left a mother and her son, Amanihotep Smith, and two others dead. One victim, Marcus Hurd, survived, but was left paralyzed.
The district attorney, while disappointed with the verdict, said they will re-try Dwayne Moore.
“With respect to Dwayne Moore, the jury could not reach a verdict, and the judges, you know, declared a mistrial. We will re-try Dwayne Moore. Make no mistake about that,” said Dan Connelly, district attorney.
Outside Suffolk Superior Court, victim’s family members were distraught, calling the proceedings “outrageous.”
“None of them victims got justice, and that’s not right,” said Ebony Flonory, a victim’s sister.
“No one knows what it’s like to lose a child unless when you lost one, okay? And my child was way up here and I was way down there. That’s where it hurts most. And then to see these guys come in here -- I’m here for over a month -- to see these guys come in here and then be able to walk away, it’s hurting,” said Cynthia Francoise, a victim’s grandmother.
It is unclear when the prosecution will re-try Moore.
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