Opening statements slated in trial in 2010 Mattapan quadruple slaying
Opening statements are slated for today in the retrial of Dwayne Moore, who is accused of killing four people in Mattapan in September 2010.
Moore, 35, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 28, 2010, shooting deaths of Eyanna Flonory, 21; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22. He faces additional charges in the shooting of a fifth victim who is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.
After opening statements in Suffolk Superior Court, the prosecution is expected to begin presenting its case.
The jury for the case is being bused in from Worcester County. The defense had argued for a change of venue to ensure a fair trial for Moore because the horrific slayings — and the subsequent trial that resulted in a mistrial for Moore — shocked Boston and generated headlines. The judge said fairness could be ensured by bringing in jurors from another part of the state.
A panel of 16 jurors had been selected by Friday and opening statements and testimony had been slated for Monday, but Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in the state pushed the schedule back by two days.