Thursday, March 22, 2012

Officials React to Mattapan Murder Verdict

The following statements were issued by officials this afternoon in reaction to the verdict in the case for the 2010 murders in Mattapan. One of the two defendants accused of first degree murder in the killing of four people, Edward Washington, was acquitted on all charges. For the other defendant, Dwayne Moore, there was a mistrial on all charges, except for a guilty finding on one count of drug trafficking.

Suffolk County DA Dan Conley

“I want to make clear from the outset that we have every intention of holding Dwayne Moore accountable. Today’s mistrial does not change our position that he pulled the trigger on five human beings, killing four and paralyzing one. We are steadfast in the decision to continue moving forward against him. These crimes demand justice and the evidence supports a conviction.

“We knew from the outset that the case against Edward Washington was the more difficult to prove. It always is when the charge is felony murder and the theory is joint culpability. We believe the evidence supported his conviction, but the jury has spoken and we respect its decision.

“We don’t know what transpired in the jury room. We caught glimpses through the foreman’s notes but we’re not in a position to comment on deliberations.

“There’s a great deal more we’d like to say. But our determination to prosecute Dwayne Moore to a conviction on each of the remaining nine counts means we have to refrain from saying anything that could jeopardize a future trial. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers now are, as they’ve been since that terrible morning, with the families and loved ones of those whose lives were lost.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino 

 “The verdict today in the emotional trial of Edward Washington and Dwayne Moore is difficult for the families and all of those that knew and loved the victims. It is hard to accept decisions like the one handed down today. The fact a young child was one of the victims makes it even more tragic. My heart goes out to all of those who are mourning once again and who have not yet found the justice they seek for their loved ones. I have no doubt that the efforts of our Boston Police Detectives, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will not be deterred in their search for justice for these families.

“I am most concerned now about the neighborhood and families of those involved in this case. I encourage all those who are grieving to seek the guidance of trusted friends or spiritual advisors and not act on raw emotion during this difficult time. Our city needs to heal. We need to be good to one another and take care of our neighbors to stop the cycle of violence and prevent another tragedy like this heinous one that occurred in 2010.

“I have asked our human service agencies to be visible and available to all members of the community by walking the neighborhood today and throughout the weekend. It is our resilience in the face of tragedy that makes Boston what it is and I have confidence in our city to come together during this difficult time.”

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis 

"Today’s development in the Woolson Street quadruple homicide has not deterred the focus and commitment of the Boston Police Department in partnership with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to secure the justice deserved for the victims, their loved ones and the entire Mattapan community. We continue to extend our compassion and sorrow to the family and friends of the victims as well as express our steadfast dedication to pursue the prosecution of Dwayne Moore.

"Officers are coordinating closely with city agencies such as the health department to provide residents with direct access to support services. As a precaution, additional officers will be in the area walking and talking with residents. At this time, the criminal justice process continues and it is imperative as a community to respect that process and allow it to work."