Articles Posted in Violent Crimes

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today affirmed the murder conviction against a Lawrence drug dealer who shot to death a man who was seeking to buy drugs from him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HernandezContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the manslaughter conviction returned against a defendant who slammed her car into pedestrian in Springfield, killing her.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FranceschiContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday rejected a convicted murderer’s plea for a new trial, concluding that the prosecutor presented sufficient evidence for his conviction.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AndradeContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today determined that a defendant’s conviction for first-degree murder should be reduced to second-degree murder, which will potentially allow the defendant to be released on parole in the future.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Salazar. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man’s gun and assault convictions, rejecting his claim that the Massachusetts rule that required him to retreat before using force in self-defense violated his constitutional rights.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Leoner-AguirreContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that a juvenile court judge properly applied the transferred intent doctrine to convict a high school student of assault with a dangerous weapon.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Oswaldo O. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction against a defendant who gunned down a man leaving a house party in Springfield in 2007.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Ayala. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the conviction of a man who struck his female companion with his cane, rebuffing his argument that eyewitnesses were permitted to improperly identify him during his trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. StewartContinue Reading