The co-owner of the Sons of Boston bar allegedly tried to dispose of bloodstained clothing a bouncer had been wearing when he allegedly killed a Marine Corps veteran outside the downtown nightspot on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a prosecutor said in court Thursday.
Alisha M. Dumeer, 34, of Everett, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder, as relatives of Daniel Martinez looked on in the crowded courtroom.
Dumeer was released on personal recognizance.
The bouncer, Alvaro O. Larrama, 38, was first arraigned March 21 on a second-degree murder charge for the killing of Martinez, who was 23 and from the Chicago area. Martinez was in Boston celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends on March 19, when he was killed.
Larrama was also arraigned Thursday after being indicted on June 9 for second-degree murder, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. He has been held without bail since his arrest, according to the district attorney.
Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso described the murder in court Thursday and Dumeer’s alleged role in attempting to prevent Boston police from linking the bouncer to the killing.
Grasso said Martinez exchanged words with Larrama, asking why the girlfriend of Martinez’s friend had been ordered to leave Sons of Boston for vaping “when there were people inside the bar who were so drunk they couldn’t stand up.”
Larrama followed Martinez and his two friends down Union Street to a line outside Hennessy’s Bar, where the bouncer confronted the Marine. Martinez responded by hitting Larrama in the head with a green aluminum beer bottle, Grasso said. The two men then struggled with each other and Larrama allegedly stabbed Martinez twice in the chest, Grasso said.
As paramedics and police arrived to help Martinez, Larrama returned to the Sons of Boston, where Dumeer was allegedly told what had happened, Grasso said.
Larrama can be seen on surveillance video removing a Sons of Boston sweatshirt and tossing them into a trash can. Dumeer handed him a new T-shirt, which he put it on then left the bar, Grasso said.
After Larrama left the nightspot, Dumeer spoke with co-owner Jason Kuczynski and then returned to the locker room where the trash can containing Larrrama’s clothing was located, Grass said. On a surveillance video, Dumeer can be seen looking at the camera before stepping into a blind spot.
“She remains in that blind spot for approximately 30 seconds to a minute. She then moves the trash can back,” Grasso said.
The clothing was later recovered by police who found the bloodstains on the sweatshirt. DNA test results are pending, Grasso said.
Dumeer allegedly later told police she had learned about the stabbing through news coverage and had no information to share about it.
“She stated she had no knowledge about the stabbing and the defendant’s involvement in the stabbing,” Grasso said.
Dumeer had no explanation for moving the trash can, Grasso said.
Dumeer’s defense attorney, Francis J. DiMento Jr., said prosecutors described 30 seconds of video — but there are more than 30 minutes that are relevant.
“There’s a lot more to the case,” DiMento told reporters. “That is just one 30-second clip that they mentioned. So it’s almost like a movie trailer — they just tell you or show you what they want you to see, instead of the full picture.”
He said Dumeer is devastated. “You can see in court she was devastated — never been in trouble,” DiMento said. During the arraignment, Dumeer started to shake and had to sit down.
DiMento said Dumeer maintains her innocence and that she was a daytime bartender and not Larrama’s boss. Asked if she had no part in aiding Larrama that night, DiMento said to wait for her testimony.
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” DiMento said. “She feels for the [Martinez family]. We all do.”
Following the court activity, Martinez’s mother, Apolonia; his twin brother; and their Boston attorney Thomas Flaws met with reporters.
“My son’s blood is on her hands, as much as it is [on] Larrama’s,” said Martinez’s mother. “It was terrible to hear the lack of compassion she had.”
The family has filed a lawsuit against the bar in Suffolk Superior Court.
Sons of Boston was shut down after city licensing agencies suspended its liquor and entertainment licenses.