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Somerville man indicted in shooting at parents' building

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 21, 2012 05:09 PM

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A Somerville man has been indicted on a charge of armed assault to murder stemming from a shooting outside of his parent's multi-family home on Broadway in November, according to Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone's office.

Santano Dessin, 33, was indicted by a grand jury on seven charges from the incident on Nov. 11 on the front porch of his parents' home, according to an announcement from the district attorney's office.

Police were called to the three-family home at 196 Broadway about 11:30 p.m. and found a 28-year-old man shot in the neck. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains in serious condition with life-threatening injuries, prosecutors said. The man had been visiting relatives who were tenants in the building and was preparing to leave when he was shot, prosecutors said.

Dessin's attorney and family members have argued that the shooting was self-defense. The victim and two other men wouldn't let him back into his parent's home, and when he threatened to call police they attacked him, his brother Jacques Dessin, previously said.

But prosecutors said a recording Dessin made of the incident on his camera phone shows he escalated the confrontation with the men and that the shooting was not self-defense.

Dessin is also charged with mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

He has been held without bail since the shooting by order of Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn. He is expected to appear in Middlesex County Superior Court for an arraignment Jan. 7.

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

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