Somerville man is charged in 2009 slaying
A Somerville man was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges that he strangled another man more than three years ago with cords from a video game console.
Michael Barnett, 32, of Somerville was charged with murder, armed robbery, and witness intimidation in the death of Christopher Souza.
Souza, 24, was found dead in his living room by his mother on the morning of Nov. 23, 2009, with cords from his Xbox and PlayStation 3 consoles bound around his neck.
Prosecutors allege that Barnett stole the consoles and sold at least one of them for $50 so he could buy drugs.
Barnett was arraigned Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, where clerk-magistrate Matthew Day ordered him held without bail, said the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
Barnett was arrested last month after investigators received tips following recent news coverage.
Police were able to trace the IP address of the stolen PlayStation to a man who said he purchased it from Barnett, prosecutors said.
Barnett’s girlfriend — Kelly Murray, 32, of Somerville — faces two counts of witness intimidation after Souza’s death. She was released on $2,500 bail and is subject to GPS monitoring, prosecutors said.
Barnett is slated to appear in court next on May 6 for a pretrial conference.