Two men were ordered held without bail Monday after being arraigned on murder charges in the death of a Kentucky native who was caught in the crossfire as the men allegedly shot at each other.
Manuel Andrade, 33, and Casimiro Barros, 20, both of Boston, pleaded not guilty during their arraignment in Dorchester District Court.
According to prosecutors, Chiara Levin and two friends had just met Andrade at a downtown bar in the early hours of March 24, and he invited them to an after-hours party in Dorchester.
A fight broke out at the party, and Andrade shot one man inside the house, Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin said during the arraignment. That man survived.
As Andrade returned to the car in which Levin and her friends were waiting, Andrade and Barros exchanged gunfire, prosecutors said. Andrade, who was standing by the car, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Levin, 22, was struck in the head by a bullet during the shooting and was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center later that morning.
Investigators said they were still looking into who began the shooting and who shot Levin, but Massachusetts law allows prosecutors to hold both men responsible for her death.
Andrade's lawyer, Rosemary Scapicchio, called the prosecution's
"They have no idea who shot who and if these two people were even involved," Scapicchio said after the arraignment.
Levin, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, was a Danville native who had recently moved to New York City to take a job as a booking agent. She was visiting Boston for a family celebration.
Levin's mother, Grazia Levin, watched the arraignment but left without commenting to reporters.
In addition to the murder charge, Andrade also faces two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, one for shooting the other man at the party and one for firing at Barros. He is also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Barros also is charged with armed assault with intent to murder for firing at Andrade, and also faces counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
27 NEWSFIRST spoke with a family friend who says the Levins hope to see some good come from her death.
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