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DA: Man accused in Brighton murder was wearing GPS bracelet for recent drug charges

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 3, 2012 05:30 PM

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Less than one month after being charged with cocaine trafficking and ordered by a judge ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, 21-year-old Patrick Malone allegedly shot another man to death in Brighton, prosecutors said at his arraignment Monday.

Malone was ordered to be held without bail Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office He faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the Nov. 19 killing of Leroy Cooper, 26, of Brewster.

Prosecutors said the GPS monitoring device Malone was wearing placed him at the scene of Cooper’s murder. Surveillance footage and witness interviews were also used as evidence to charge Malone, authorities said.

He was ordered to wear the monitoring bracelet at an arraignment on Oct. 26 in Dorchester District Court alongside four co-defendants, officials said.

Charged with cocaine trafficking and a school zone violation, Judge Robert E. Baylor ordered Malone to be held on $2,500 bail, with the condition that he wear the GPS bracelet, stay away from the other defendants and abide by a curfew of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., authorities said.

Prosecutors said that they had requested Malone to be held on $20,000 bail.

“We stand by our recommendation,” for the higher bail amount for Malone in the drug case, said district attorney spokesman Jake Wark. “But, the true blame in any act of violence lies only with the person who commits it.”

He said that in some instances in which defendants are ordered to wear GPS monitoring devices, they can also be ordered to stay away from certain areas. If that person then enters a restricted area, probation department who monitor such individuals are then alerted.

But, Wark said that Malone had never been ordered to avoid any areas.

The spokesman said that court records show that in 2010 Malone admitted to sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilty on an unarmed robbery charged.

On Monday, a not guilty plea was automatically entered on Malone’s behalf. He was ordered to be held without bail by Brighton District Court Judge David T. Donnelly, according to prosecutors. And, his bail in the drug case out of Dorchester District Court was revoked.

Malone is scheduled to return to Brighton District Court on Jan. 4 and to Dorchester District Court on Dec. 11, officials said. He is represented by Cambridge-based attorney Earl Howard, who could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

U.S. Marshals accompanied officers from the city police department’s fugitive unit to arrest Malone Friday morning, authorities have said.

On Nov. 19 at about 5:30 p.m., police found Cooper suffering from a gunshot wound near 114 Leicester St. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cooper came to Massachusetts from California to attend college. He studied hospitality when he attended Newbury College in Brookline from 2004 to 2008 and played on the men’s volleyball team, college officials told the Globe previously.

Authorities said they are continuing to investigate the incident, including a motive for the murder, and ask anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470. Information can be provided anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line, at 800-494-8477 or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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