The lawyer for the man accused of perpetrating one of the worst killings in the city’s recent history tried to convince a jury Wednesday that police overlooked at least two other people who could have committed the crime instead.
The DNA of two men, who have not been charged, was recovered from ski masks found inside a safe stolen from one of the victims of the 2010 quadruple killing in Mattapan.
The safe was taken from 23 Sutton St., the home of victim Simba Martin, 21.
But Sergeant Detective John Brown acknowledged during cross-examination by defense attorney John Amabile that he did not ask either man why their DNA was on the masks. Police have said they did not find any DNA or fingerprint evidence from the defendant, Dwayne Moore, 35, on the safe or a firearm used in the crime.
“You certainly didn’t do that before you arrested and charged Dwayne Moore?” Amabile asked Brown Wednesday.
“No, sir,” he replied.
The prosecution’s star witness, Kimani Washington, has testified that Moore plotted the robbery, then killed Martin; his girlfriend, Eyanna Flonory; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Martin’s friend, who slept on a couch that night. A fifth man, Marcus Hurd, 34, was shot in the back of the head but survived, though the injury left him paralyzed.
Moore has pleaded not guilty and is facing retrial after a jury in March deadlocked. His codefendant, Edward Washington, was acquitted.
Kimani Washington, who has admitted to participating in the robbery but said he left before the shootings, testified in exchange for a lighter sentence. Prosecutors will seek 16 to 18 years for armed robbery.
Brown acknowledged that many witnesses interviewed in connection with the killings expressed fear of retaliation.
“As a result of that, you didn’t always get a complete story,” Amabile said. “Is that correct?”
Brown replied: “Yes.”
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