Gruesome pictures shown of murder victims in Mattapan massacre

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March 9, 2012, 4:59 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - "What woke you up," asked prosecutor Edmond Zabin.

"Some loud booms, sounded like a cannon going off" answered James Jones, who lives in a neighborhood of Mattapan where he had seen violence before.  

Fearful of future violence, Jones asked that his face not be shown. He is testifying for the prosecution in what has been called the Mattapan Massacre murder trial.  

After being awakened by gunfire, Jones went to his window to see a naked man lying in the street. A car speeds off, but then a man comes running back.

"And I see him get closer to that man that was lying naked in the street, he just crouch and fire, bam. I can't remember how many shots there were but he fired that gun," testified Jones, who said he stayed in his house until the police arrived.

Thirty-two-year-old Edward Washington and 33-year-old Dwayne Moore are accused of a brutal shooting that left four people dead.  

Two medical examiners testified.

There were gruesome pictures, that we won't show you on television, of the murder victims. The pictures were too much for family members in the courtroom.  

In particular, pictures of 2-year-old Amanihotep Smith who was still alive in his dead mother's arms when EMTs arrived. 

He was shot twice. A shot to the chest pierced his lung and proved to be the fatal bullet.

Tags: Scot Yount, Mattapan murders, James Jones, victims, Dwayne Moore, Edward Washington, edmond zabin, Mattapan massacre, medical examiners
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