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Medford officer accused of misleading murder investigation indicted

Posted by Jarret Bencks  September 10, 2013 04:43 PM

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A Medford police officer who allegedly misled police investigating a murder at his Stoneham home was arraigned Tuesday.

Miguel Lopez, 53, of Stoneham, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on two counts of witness intimidation and released on personal recognizance, according to an announcement from Middlesex Attorney Marian Ryan's office.

Lopez allegedly removed evidence of a drug deal from his home at 6 Micah's Pond Way in Stoneham and lied to police as they investigated a fatal shooting that occurred there early in the morning on July 3.

Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden had allegedly arranged to purchase drugs from a man who lived at the home with Lopez. But when they entered the home, they drew handguns on two men, demanded drugs and money, then shot them, prosecutors said.

Joseph Puopolo, a 27-year-old Army veteran, died from the injuries. Prosecutors said Puopolo was not connected to the arranged drug deal.

Lopez was indicted by a county grand jury on Aug. 15. He has been on unpaid leave from his position as a Medford police officer since the indictment.

His next scheduled court appearance is Oct. 3.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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