A Charlestown teenager is facing charges that she threatened two potential witnesses to protect her older brother, who is on the run after allegedly gunning down another man in the neighborhood on the night of May 7.
Jelaine Flores, 18, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Charlestown District Court to two counts of witness intimidation and one count of making annoying or harassing phone calls, prosecutors said.
Her lawyer declined to comment on Thursday.
Jelaine Flores is accused of intimidating the witnesses in an effort to obstruct the investigation of her brother, Pablo Flores Jr., 20, also of Charlestown, who is being sought on a murder warrant in the fatal shooting of Steven Jones, 21, near 92 Monument St.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement that in the days following the shooting, Jelaine Flores allegedly threatened one person in a phone call and another in a Facebook message, calling the latter potential witness a “snitch.”
“If you threaten a witness to stymie an investigation, we’re going to charge you,” Conley said in the statement. “It’s that simple. No one should be threatened, insulted, intimidated, or coerced because of what they know.”
On Thursday, Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley, would only say that authorities were investigating a motive for the shooting, when asked what might have prompted the slaying.
A Boston police spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.
Judge Lawrence McCormick ordered Flores held on $3,500 cash bail at her arraignment Wednesday, which was $1,000 higher than prosecutors had recommended, Conley’s office said.
Flores was ordered to wear a GPS tracking device and have no contact with her alleged victims if she posts bail.
A spokesman for the Suffolk Sheriff’s Department said Flores had not posted bail on Thursday.
A call to a number listed for the Flores family was not returned Thursday.
Officials urged members of the public with information about the shooting or Pablo Flores’s whereabouts to call Boston police homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or contact police on their anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS.
Texters who wish to remain anonymous can also share tips with police by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.