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DA: Two Massachusetts Men Indicted For 2008 Double Homicide in Taunton

Keith Cox and Matthew Lander will face charges in murder of Taunton brothers



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    Two Massachusetts men have been indicted in connection with a 2008 double homicide in Taunton.

    Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced on Sunday that a grand jury indicted Keith Cox, 26, of Berkley, and Matthew Lander, 28, of Swansea.

    Police said on February 24, 2008, officers responded to reports of shots fired at an apartment on Somerset Avenue. When they arrived, officers found brothers Kevin Vargas, 23, and Shawn Vargas, 21, shot to death inside. Also inside the apartment uninjured were Shawn Vargas' 4-year-old and 2-year-old sons.

    Following an 8-year investigation, the Bristol County District Attorney's State Police Unit and Taunton Police Detectives were able to gather enough evidence to indict Cox and Lander.

    Cox is facing two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery. Lander is facing two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery.

    Cox will be arraigned Monday in Fall River Superior Court. Lander will be arraigned at a later date.

    District Attorney Thomas Quinn released a statement on the indictments:

    "I am very pleased the grand jury returned indictments against these two defendants.Although the case is eight-and-a-half years old, our office never gave up on pursuing every lead in this ongoing investigation," Quinn said. "I would like to specifically acknowledge Trooper Christopher Dumont of my office's state police unit for his perseverance and thank the victims' family for their patience during the past eight-and-a-half years. I know it has been very difficult for them."

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