In the Courts, on the Streets

Two charged with murder in courthouse parking lot

Boston Police last week charged two men for a murder last month in the parking lot used by visitors to Dorchester District Court.
One of the two suspects, Mario H. Burns, 37, had been arrested two weeks ago as an accessory after the fact for the March 29 murder of Charles Cantave of Hyde Park. Also charged today with his murder: Cornelius Evans, 35.

The murder occurred minutes after Cantave, Burns, and Burns’s wife left the court following a hearing in a lawsuit by Burns’s wife against Cantave. Police say Cantave was found dead in his car in the parking lot behind 451 Washington St. around 10:50 a.m., not long after Cantave and Burns and his wife, his mother-in-law and another man left Dorchester District Court following a hearing on a suit by Burns’s wife against Cantave over the status of a car engine.

Man murdered on Irma Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man found with a gunshot wound around 7 p.m. on Sunday at 20 Irma St. was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center not long after. Police said he was 22 and black, but declined further identification.

The murder is the fourth in a year in an area stretching three blocks on either side of Blue Hill Avenue.

In February, a man shot to death on Floyd Street. On May 21, 2009, a woman sitting on her porch was shot to death. On May 13, 2009, a man talking with some friends on Wilcock Street was shot to death.
On March 15 of this year, a man was shot eight times at point-blank range but survived.


14-year-old charged with larceny near Pope’s Hill

Boston police charged a 14-year-old from Dorchester on larceny from a vehicle and breaking and entering a car. The youth admitted to the charges after getting caught.

On Tuesday at 2:23 a.m., an officer patrolling the Pope’s Hill St. and Neponset Ave. area reportedly saw two young males leaving a driveway at 1 Pope’s Hill St. The officer attempted to stop the two youths, but one escaped. The one the officer caught said he was coming back from a party and walking home.

Asked what was in his backpack, the 14-year-old said it was an old GPS and an iPod docking station. Several officers investigated the driveway and found a car with an open door and glove compartment. The car’s owner was notified and identified the items in the backpack