Authorities believe they have found a gun used in the late September quadruple slaying in Mattapan, a prosecutor revealed today.
The disclosure came at the Dorchester District Court arraignment of 34-year-old Kimani Washington on gun charges and other offenses. Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin said one of the two guns found by police at Washington's mother's home was used in the Sept. 28 slayings on Woolson Street.
Washington, who has not been charged with murder, was arrested in early October in Manchester, N.H. He was ordered held after the arraignment on $500,000 cash bail.
The deaths of four people, including a young mother and the toddler she was cradling in her arms, rocked the city and sparked calls for an end to violence on the streets.
Zabin also revealed at today's hearing that a sport utility vehicle allegedly stolen from the fifth victim in the case contained a large quantity of crack cocaine. Washington, who was already facing a charge of receiving the stolen motor vehicle, has now been charged with possessing that cocaine.
In another new development in the story, a police report released in the case said that the the fifth victim, who remains in critical condition at a local hospital, told police before he fell unconscious that "they" had stolen the car from him.
That raised the possiblity of multiple suspects in the case, which was also suggested by comments earlier in the morning by Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, who told WBZ-AM that "evidence on the scene indicates that there was more than one offender."
Washington, wearing a black and white sweater, remained expressionless during the hearing, staring at Zabin as the prosecutor outlined the allegations.
"He's pleased to be back in Massachusetts to face the charges. Mr. Washington's family and friends remain very supportive of him," said his defense attorney, John Salsberg.
The courtroom was filled with relatives of the victims. Salsberg said he wasn't sure if anybody had come to support Washington.
Theresa Payne, aunt of 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory, said she was there to support her niece and her niece's son, 2-year-old Amanihotep Smith, who was also killed.
"We'll let the justice system take its course. We'll see what happens from there," she said.
The other slaying victims were Simba Martin, Flonory's 21-year-old boyfriend, and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22. The fifth victim, Marcus Hurd, is still alive, despite being shot in the back of his head, according to his family.
Police have said that the wounded man told them that his rented sport utility vehicle was taken after the shootings. Police got a break when an officer in Grove Hall saw the vehicle. Washington, who has a long record of larcenies and assaults, was lurking nearby and was interviewed at police headquarters, but he was not immediately arrested due to insufficient evidence.
Later, detectives went to Washington's mother's home, where he occasionally stays, and spoke to his mother. His mother, Charlene Washington, told them they could search the home, the Globe reported last week.
Police said they found a backpack containing a black, .40-caliber Iberia handgun with an obliterated serial number, a silver 9mm Ruger pistol, six rounds of .40-caliber ammunition, seven rounds of 9mm ammunition, and an empty 9mm ammunition clip capable of holding 10 rounds. Officers said they also confiscated marijuana and a scale.
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