Dwayne Moore convicted in quadruple slaying
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Dwayne Moore has been convicted of killing four people -- including a 2-year-old boy -- during a drug-related robbery in Mattapan in 2010.
Moore, 35, was convicted Monday during his second trial after the jury deliberated for more than a week.
Moore was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder for the fatal shootings. A fifth victim survived the shooting, but was paralyzed and is now in a wheelchair.
“This is a dangerous, dangerous man. So we’re very fortunate that the jury reached the verdicts they did today. Boston is a safer place,” said Daniel Conley, prosecutor.
He was also convicted of home invasion and armed robbery, but was acquitted of three other charges. His first trial ended in a mistrial, and it almost happened again. One of the jurors couldn't come to an agreement with the rest of the jury, but Judge Jeffrey Locke instructed them to continue to deliberate.
The defense argued that the tragedy in Connecticut could influence the jury, considering the case involves gun violence and the death of a child.
"You, as every American citizen has been in some way affected by the events that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. Please put them out of your mind entirely in your deliberations of this case,” said Judge Jeffrey Locke.
"Just after what we saw in Connecticut not far to our South as we mourn those losses, we mourn the four people who lost their lives in Mattapan in a mass murder of its own,” Conley said.
Moore's attorney, John Amabile, felt the case wasn't proven, but said, "My client has maintained his innocence from the beginning. I'm deeply disappointed in the verdict -- I don't believe the case was proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but having said that, I respect the system of justice and I respect the jury.”
7News was told Moore’s sentencing will be Tuesday morning.