Victim's Family Angry After Double Murder Suspect Hid His Face During Arraignment

A Massachusetts man accused in the shooting deaths of two men in Jamaica Plain appeared in court on Monday.

Wilvin Guity, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday morning but hid behind a door and did not show his face.

"If you have guts enough to pull the trigger, why hide behind the scene now?" asked Christopher Joyce's cousin Shari Frazier.

Joyce's family had gone to court with heavy hearts Monday, hoping to see the man accused of killing their loved one. When Guity was able to remain out of view during his court appearance, however, the family left angry. 

Not guilty pleas were entered on Guity's behalf and he was ordered held without bail.

Police said 23-year-old Christopher Joyce and 58-year-old Clayborn Blair were fatally shot around 9:45 p.m. on May 4 outside of the Milfred C. Hailey Apartments on Centre Street.

Prosecutors said surveillance cameras captured a white Ford Fusion arriving in the area of Chestnut Avenue and a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, later identified as Guity, exiting the rear passenger's side door.

Investigators say Guity's shoes had a distinct pattern in all of the videos, and they later found those shoes in his home.


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"Guity was then captured on camera as he walked into the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments and opened fire on a group of approximately 15 people in a Centre Street park," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement.

He then ran back in the direction of Chestnut Street, re-entered the Ford Fusion and left the area.

Ten surveillance cameras captured the vehicle as it traveled to the Orchard Gardens housing development and five other cameras captured Guity exiting the vehicle on Degautier Way and entering a nearby liquor store.

Police said Joyce and Blair were innocent bystanders and not the intended targets of the shooting.

Joyce was about to graduate from Salem State University with a degree in accounting.

His family says the 23-year-old was only at the housing complex the night he was killed to visit his grandfather and share the news that he'd soon be a Salem State graduate.

"When a kid can't go to the old neighborhood, and say, 'look, I made it out, you kids can do the same,' that's sad, shot down for spreading good news, how do you do that?" said Joyce's aunt, Pauline Hunt.

Blair was a father of three and also a grandfather.

Both were remembered lovingly by family and friends who were shocked at their deaths.

Guity is being represented by attorney William White. He is scheduled to return to court next month.

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