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Two arrested in Stoneham shooting that killed one man and wounded another

Posted by Your Town  July 7, 2013 11:01 PM

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The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney's office. Go to the Boston Globe for more information:


WOBURN— Two men were arrested today on murder charges in connection with a Stoneham double shooting that killed one man and injured another, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre announced today.

Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, were arrested today and charged with murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Both defendants will be arraigned Monday in Woburn District Court.

According to authorities, at approximately 12:19 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Stoneham Police responded to a residence at 6 Micah’s Pond Way in Stoneham for a report of gunshots.

When officers arrived they found two males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One of those men, identified as Joseph Puopolo, 27, was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest and wrist. He was transported to Leahy Clinic where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 28-year-old male, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is in stable condition.

Stoneham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

The investigation revealed that the 28-year-old victim arranged to sell drugs to the two defendants through known associates. It is alleged that prior to arrival of the two defendants, the 28-year-old victim asked Puopolo to come to the home because he was concerned the proposed deal may be a drug rip-off. It is alleged that Williams and Tate entered the home shortly after midnight to complete a drug deal. When they entered the home, the two defendants allegedly drew handguns, demanded drugs and money, and then shot Puopolo and the 28-year-old victim.

Based on the investigation, including witness statements and physical evidence, two arrest warrants were issued on Sunday, July 7 for Williams and Tate. Williams was arrested in East Boston by Massachusetts State Police, Stoneham Police and Medford Police. Tate turned himself in to Stoneham Police.

These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Stoneham Police, with assistance from Medford Police and the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team. The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Tom OReilly and David Rubin. The Victim Witness Advocate is Beth Lane

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