The jury charged with deciding the case against two men accused in the 2010 Mattapan massacre has reached a verdict on 10 of the 19 charges they are weighing, but is deadlocked on the remaining nine, with one holdout on the remaining charges.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy has sent the jury home for the day, but they are expected to return Tuesday morning for further instructions from the judge, according to the district attorney’s office. The verdicts have been sealed.
Before releasing the jury for the day, McEvoy read from the foreman’s statement: “it does not appear there is a path to meaningful dialogue.”
Four people were killed on Sept. 28, 2010, including a mother and her 2-year-old son, when gunmen shot them following an armed home invasion for drugs and cash. Killed were Simba Martin, 21; his girlfriend, Eyanna Flonory; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, a friend of Martin’s.
It has been called one of the worst homicides in the city’s recent history.
Dwayne Moore, 34, and Edward Washington, 32, have been charged with planning the robbery that led to the killings. Moore was the triggerman and Washington was the getaway driver, according to the prosecution.
But the defense has argued that the prosecution is relying on the word of a third alleged accomplice, Kimani Washington, who has avoided murder charges in exchange for his testimony.
Throughout the trial, the defense attacked the credibility of Kimani Washington, a 36-year-old career criminal.
Mothers of some of the victims and the mothers of the defendants have remained near the courthouse as the jury deliberates, often sitting on the wooden benches in the hallway directly outside the courtroom.
The jury of four men and eight women have not asked any questions, but last week requested a printed copy of Judge Christine McEvoy’s legal instructions for deliberations.