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 ›