Suspect in shootings agrees to return
Authorities plan steps to keep him safe in transfer from N.H.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The man charged in connection with a quadruple homicide in Mattapan agreed yesterday to be sent back to Boston, as officials planned precautions to ensure his safety and as new details about the crime emerged.
Kimani Washington, 34, appeared yesterday in a Manchester courtroom in shackles and an orange prison jumpsuit. His head down, he spoke only to tell Judge Norman E. Champagne that he understood that by not fighting extradition he would be sent back to Boston.
Washington, who was captured Friday at a friend’s apartment in Manchester, faces two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and marijuana, and one count of receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
Prosecutors have not charged Washington with murder. Rather, he is charged in connection with the shootings, which left four people, including a toddler, dead on a street in Mattapan last week and a fifth man near death, in a crime that outraged the city. Washington is the only person charged to date.
Suffolk County prosecutors, Boston police, and Manchester police said they will need a few days to figure out the safest way to return Washington.
Elaine Driscoll, spokeswoman for Boston police, said there have been no threats against Washington’s life, but officers still want to be cautious.
“Given the high-profile nature of the case that he was involved in, it would be standard procedure to ensure a secure return,’’ she said.
Champagne agreed to give officials until Oct. 12 to transport Washington to Boston.
Washington’s large family, which has expressed condolences for the victims, al so worry that someone might come after them to avenge the victims.
“Every hour on the hour we are all calling each other making sure we’re OK,’’ said one cousin, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. “I didn’t even send my own kids to school today. I’m scared to go out the door.’’
In a statement, Washington’s family said they do not condone the actions of those involved with the crime.
“We hoped that the person or persons that committed this senseless crime be brought to justice, and we still feel that way,’’ the statement said. “Family or not, [Washington] needs to be held accountable for his actions in whatever part he may have played.’’
Police have identified the victims in the Sept. 28 shootings on Woolson Street as Eyanna Flonory, 21; her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21, Flonory’s boyfriend; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22. The fifth person shot, Marcus Hurd, 32, is hospitalized and clinging to life.
John Salsberg, a Boston lawyer who has been appointed to represent Washington on the gun charges, has said his client denies hurting anyone.
He declined to comment on the charges yesterday, saying, “I’m waiting to learn what the investigation by the police has come up with.’’
According to a police report filed in Dorchester District Court, police first learned of Washington’s alleged involvement about two hours after the shootings.
Hurd, although severely injured, had been able to tell the police who responded to the shooting that his car had been stolen. At about 3:30 a.m., police saw Washington in Grove Hall, near Hurd’s car.
Detectives released Washington because they did not have enough evidence to charge him. Later that evening, police went to his mother’s home on Fowler Street, where Washington occasionally stays.
Charlene Washington told the officers her son had come home briefly at about 2 a.m. on the day of the shootings, but she had not seen him since.
When they asked if they could look inside, she welcomed them in. “You can search all you want, because he is not here,’’ she said, according to the report.
As officers scoured the home, one went into the bedroom of Washington’s eldest son.
There, the officer found a backpack hidden underneath a bed. When he moved it, the report stated, he heard a “metallic clanging sound,’’ like that of a gun.
Charlene Washington walked in, saying, “There are no guns in my house.’’
But when she rummaged through the backpack, she jumped back. “They have guns in my house! There is a gun in that bag!’’ she shouted, according to the report.
Police said they confiscated 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.
The guns are being tested to see if they were used in the shootings, police said.
Washington has been imprisoned for dealing cocaine and for larceny. Police have released several reports describing complaints from women who accused him of assault.
Washington’s cousin said he is intelligent and well read, an exceptional artist who is gentle with his five children.
But when he drinks, the cousin said, Washington becomes a different person.
A few months ago, she said, his family gave him an ultimatum.
“We told him he had to make a choice between us and his alcohol,’’ the cousin said. “I guess he chose alcohol.’’
But she said she does not believe he could have had killed a young mother and her son.
“My cousin can be a lot of things,’’ she said. “The way he is with kids, I would never imagine him doing something like this. Never.’’
The cousin said her relatives are all trying to figure out how Washington was involved.
“We want answers, just like the public,’’ she said.
Flonory and her son will be buried together tomorrow after a funeral at Morning Star Baptist Church, less than three blocks from Woolson Street.
Sitting in the Manchester courtroom yesterday were Erik Jones and Theresa Payne, relatives of Flonory.
“We want justice for Amani and Eyanna,’’ said Payne, when asked why they came. “We are all hurting. The whole family is hurting and we want justice.’’
Martin’s friends issued a letter yesterday commemorating him on what would have been his 22d birthday.
“I always viewed him as a leader of leaders,’’ Diego Perez-Lacera recalled in the letter.
Washum-Garrison’s parents said they are trying to raise money for his funeral Monday.
Hurd, meanwhile, remained hospitalized.
Police have only said that the victims and suspect knew each other.
A person close to Washington said that he and Hurd had grown up together in Dorchester. The person did not know what kind of relationship they had at the time of the shootings.