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Two Men Indicted on Murder Charges for Stoneham Shooting

Posted by boston.com  August 15, 2013 02:39 PM

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This press release was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney's office

WOBURN— Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today that two men have been indicted on murder charges in connection with a Stoneham double shooting that killed one man and injured another

Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, were indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault in a dwelling, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm.

An arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn has not yet been scheduled.

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 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, sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. He has since been released.

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. Puopolo was a friend of the 28-year-old victim and happened to be present in his home on that evening. Puopolo was not associated with any alleged drug transaction. 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.

The defendants were arraigned July 8 in Woburn District Court where Woburn District Court Judge Timothy Gailey ordered the defendants held without bail.

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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