Prosecutors say the men behind the brazen daytime murder of a snow shoveling crew member on Centre Street organized the hit via text message.
On Monday, the men charged in the Feb. 11 murder of 21-year-old Kenny Lamour both pleaded not guilty. A judge denied bail to Donte Henley, 24, of South Boston and Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.
During Monday’s arraignment, prosecutors argued that Lamour and Henley were working on a snow shoveling detail organized by Roca Inc. despite that organization’s knowledge that the two were members of rival gangs.
Prosecutors say Henley texted Zachery about killing Lamour.
“I’ll do it. I just need my steel,” Henley allegedly texted, according to a Herald report on the court session.
Zachery allegedly texted back, “That’s ridiculous. You work like it’s nothing. I’ll clean up.”
Prosecutors allege that Zachery came to the work site, at 891 Centre St. by Murray Circle, and shot Lamour once in the head. Zachery allegedly fired two more shots as Lamour fell.
Police responded quickly. Zachery is also charged with shooting at a pursuing cop. That shot did not hit anyone. Police did not return fire on the daytime streets of Pondside.
Zachery’s lawyer argued there was no positive identification of his client’s face, according to the Herald.
Previous Jamaica Plain News coverage:
- Victim in Monument Killing Was Kenneth Lamour, 21, of Hyde Park
- Hyde Park Teen Charged With Murder, Assault in Centre Street Mayhem
- Commish Praises ‘Tremendous Restraint’ of Officers Not Returning Fire
- ‘Deeply Saddening’ — Youth Program Speaks on Fatal Monument Shooting
- Man Dead, Cop Shot At, Two People in Custody in Centre Street Shooting
- Person Shot at 891 Centre St.