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One of 2 men charged in fatal Brighton shooting to continue to be held without bail

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 13, 2013 11:41 AM

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One of two men charged with murder in the Nov. 19 fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man in Brighton will continue to be held without bail, authorities said.

At his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, Patrick Malone, 21, of Brighton was ordered by a clerk magistrate to continue to be held without bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Malone has been held without bail since he was arraigned in Brighton District Court on Dec. 3, prosecutors said.

Since then, a Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted Malone on charges of murder, armed robbery and illegal gun possession for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Leroy Cooper, of Brewster, officials said. The indictment moved the case from the district court to the superior court.

Robert Williams, 21, of Brighton, has also been indicted on identical charges for the same incident, officials said. He is expected to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday.

Williams has been held without bail since his district court arraignment on Dec. 20.

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.

Prosecutors alleged Malone and Williams robbed Cooper of marijuana then shot him.

Malone was placed at the scene by a GPS monitoring bracelet he had been ordered to wear on Oct. 26, when he was arraigned on a cocaine trafficking charge in Dorchester District Court, authorities said. Cell phone records and witness statements also connect him to the killing, prosecutors said.

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.

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