2 charged in NU student’s 2008 death
22-year-old senior was shot in Mission Hill; one suspect already in prison for unrelated crime
Two suspects have been charged in the May 2008 slaying of Rebecca Payne, a 22-year-old Northeastern University student, found dead in her Mission Hill apartment. Cornell Smith, 30, was indicted and charged with first-degree murder, the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced Sunday. Michael Balba, 55, of Billerica was arrested Saturday and charged with charged with four counts of perjury for allegedly lying to a Suffolk County grand jury.