WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor says a New Hampshire man on trial for a 1969 killing threatened to kill two other teenagers who participated.
Prosecutor Tom O'Reilly gave his opening statement Tuesday in the murder trial of 58-year-old Michael Ferreira of Salem, N.H. O'Reilly said Ferreira and two others kidnapped 15-year-old John McCabe of Tewksbury after a dance to teach him a lesson for flirting with a girl. McCabe died of asphyxiation after being bound, gagged and left in a Lowell field.
Defense attorney Eric Wilson said the co-defendant and prosecution witness who told police about the killing in 2011 is a liar whose story doesn’t match the evidence. Sixty-year-old Edward Allen Brown of Londonderry, N.H., told police he, Ferreira and 61-year-old Walter Shelley took part in McCabe’s death.
Ferreira and Shelley are charged with murder. Brown is charged with manslaughter.