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No bail for 3rd man charged in Mattapan bloodbath

No bail for 3rd man charged in Mattapan bloodbath
By Laurel J. Sweet  |   Thursday, December 9, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Local Coverage

Booking photo of Edward Washington
Photo by Boston Police

A telemarketer has been fingered by witnesses as one of three men connected to the Sept 28 executions of a young woman, her 2-year-old son and two other men, as well as the life-threatening wounding of a third man, according to a prosecutor and a police report released today.

Edward “Eddie” Washington, 31, of Dorchester was ordered held without bail this morning after pleading not guilty to four counts of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, home invasion, armed robbery and unlawful weapons charges at Dorchester District Court.

“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe he did it,” Washington’s longtime attorney John Cunha said.

Washington was today accused by Edmond Zabin, chief of homicide prosecutions in Suffolk county, of supplying two firearms used in the Woolson Street executions over theft of drugs, cash, a safe and a television set. Police have told the Herald only one of the guns has been recovered — from the home of Washington’s cousin, Kimani Washington.

Kimani Washington, who Cunha suggested is at odds with Edward Washington, has also been charged in the tragedy, but only with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of one of the victims’ vehicles.

Cunha questioned whether Kimani Washington is trying to set Edward up for a fall.

“If (prosecutors) are riding that horse, they’ve got the wrong horse,” he said. “This is not a police state. We have judges and juries who deal with the law. I understand the public is upset, but you can’t rush to judgment. He is 31. People grow up.”

Edward Washington and co-defendenat Dwayne Moore are both charged with the murders. Moore is also being held without bail while Kimani is being held on $500,000 cash bail. Witnesses have identified Edward Washington as driving his cousin and Moore to the crime scene, of being armed with a gun and being an active participant in the robbery, according to a police report released today.

For the third time, family and friends of the five victims — Eyanna Louise Flonory, 21, her 2-year-old son Amanihoteph Smith, her boyfriend Simba Martin, 21, and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, and surviving victim Marcus Hurd — packed the courthouse to hear the still unfolding gruesome details of how they lost their loved ones. The strain showing on their faces. Today, however, there was a spontaneous applause following Edward Washington’s arraignment.

“Thank God, thank Jesus,” said Jackie Daughtry, Eyanna Flonory’s cousin.

Till Freeman, the uncle of Marcus Hurd, the only victim that survived the bloodbath, told reporters the arrest of a third suspect is bittersweet.

“We’ve got four people who will never see another Christmas, birthday or anything else. Justice will never be done. Every time there’s another arrest, they (the families) have to go back to square one. Once the healing starts, it’s torn away again, so it’s more pain and suffering. We’re hopeful this is the end.”

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1302010

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