Authorities in Boston have announced the arrest of a man charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting over the weekend in the city's Roxbury neighborhood.
Austin Dillon, a 36-year-old from Dorchester, was arrested at around 8:40 p.m. Monday, following the murder on Weaver Way Saturday afternoon, a news release said.
Dillon was arrested without incident, and was ordered held without bail following his arraignment Tuesday in Roxbury District Court. He is facing a firearm charge in addition to the murder charge and is scheduled to return to court on April 14 for a probable cause hearing.
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Fifty-six-year-old Jose Despeignes was killed during the shooting in Roxbury over the weekend, which Boston police responded to just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Responding officers found Despeignes on the third floor of a residence on Weaver Way, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness told police they were in the residence Saturday afternoon when two men entered through the front door. The witness said one of them men, Dillon, was known to them. The witness did not recognize the second man.
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The witness said Dillon asked for some marijuana and also asked to take a shower. While the two men and the witness were talking, Despeignes walked down from an upper floor of the residence and handed Dillon a marijuana blunt.
The witness said they then went upstairs to clean the bathroom, and Dillon came upstairs as well. While cleaning the bathroom, the witness said they heard what they believed to be a gunshot. The witness looked in an adjacent bedroom and found Despeignes lying on the floor. The witness asked Dillon why he had shot Despeignes, and Dillon said it was because he had seen Despeignes leaving his girlfriend's house the night before.
The second man involved in the incident is still being sought by police.
A pair of sisters spoke to NBC10 Boston on Sunday and said while they've lived in the area for several years, they are now concerned for their safety. They are scared by what happened on Saturday and said they don't feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked anymore.
"My little sister looked out the window and we saw like a bunch of cops and we were just wondering what happened. We didn't hear anything the night before, we didn't hear any arguing or shots or anything like that. We just looked out and it was crazy," they said.
"It's obviously a tragedy any time this happens," Miller said of Saturday's fatal shooting. "One's too many for any neighborhood."