The trial of Dwayne Moore and Edward Washington

Edward Washington acquitted in Mattapan massacre; no verdict reached in murder charges against Dwayne Moore


After seven days of deliberations, the jury in the Mattapan massacre trial in Suffolk Superior Court today acquitted Edward Washington on all charges for his alleged role in the murders of four people, including a two-year-old boy, in 2010.

The courtroom briefly erupted into chaos as the clerk was reading the jury’s verdicts on the nine charges against him and some people swore out loud before being pushed out of the courtroom by court officers.

The long-awaited announcement came this afternoon when the panel of four men and eight women returned to Judge Christine McEvoy’s courtroom and reported through their foreman they were unable to break the impasse they have been wrestling with since Monday.

The jury also acquitted co-defendant, Dwayne Moore, of a cocaine trafficking charge. But they could not reach verdicts on the nine other charges against him, including four counts of first degree murder.

>> Story (By Maria Cramer and Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff)


Globe reporters Maria Cramer and Brian Ballou  covered the case.  Their updates from court are in chronological order below.
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