Opening Statements Begin in Trial of 3 Men Accused of Gunning Down Teens in Charlestown

Opening statements in the trials of three men accused of gunning down two teens in Charlestown, Massachusetts, three years ago began on Wednesday.

Julio Baez, 27, Alexander Soto, 21, both of Charlestown, and Danilo Soto, 25, of Dorchester, are all charged with first-degree murder and armed assault with intent to murder.

Prosecutors say the men are accused of taking part in a shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old Ryan Morrissey in front of the A-1 Convenience store on Main Street on Nov. 5, 2015.

The jury visited the location of the shooting Wednesday morning.

According to prosecutors, the suspects approached Morrissey and his friend, James Lawton, outside the store and fired multiple shots.

Morrissey was shot in his torso and succumbed to his wounds four days later.

Lawton, then 19, was also shot and suffered major physical damage to his hand.


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Prosecutors say Baez was the getaway driver. Police were able to locate the suspects after the car was found parked outside of Baez's mother's house.

Attorneys for all three men maintain their client's innocence saying there's no reason any of them would want to harm Morrissey or Lawton. Soto’s attorney says he knew both victims and played Little League with them.

The trial is expected to last several weeks at Suffolk Superior Court.

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