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One guilty verdict, one guilty plea in separate Boston slayings

A jury convicted a Dorchester man on Wednesday of second-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of another man on a Roxbury street, and a second defendant pleaded guilty in a separate fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Boston in 2009.

The guilty verdict came down in Suffolk Superior Court against Daniel Yarde, now 23, in the Oct. 28, 2012 shooting of DeAndre Russ, 22, the office of District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.

In addition to second-degree murder, jurors also convicted Yarde of unlawful possession of a firearm in the slaying of Russ, who was killed near 1050 Tremont St., where he had been staying at the time, Conley’s office said.


Yarde arrived at a party there during the early morning hours and exchanged words with Russ before they exited the building, according to prosecutors. Once on Tremont, Yarde shot Russ multiple times and was captured on surveillance images fleeing the scene with a gun, authorities said.

Russ’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. He faces a mandatory life term at sentencing on Aug. 22. He will be eligible for parole after 15 years.

In the second case, Marques Kersey, 24, pleaded guilty in the same courthouse to manslaughter for the Jan. 16, 2009 shooting death of 16-year-old Torey Evans on Dorchester Avenue near Gallivan Boulevard, according to Conley’s office.

Kersey’s lawyer, William M. White Jr., said the decision to plead guilty was made after careful consideration of the evidence.

“I think he thought that this was the best decision to make in the circumstances,” White said.

According to prosecutors, a gunman fired at Evans from inside of a late model Dodge Charger that fled the scene, and Kersey was driving a rental vehicle that matched the description when he was arrested in Quincy shortly after the crime.


“A search of the vehicle turned up a shell casing consistent with casings found at the crime scene,” said the statement from Conley’s office.

Kersey received a 15-year-prison term after entering his plea.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.