Dot Man Convicted of Murder in Pot Buy Slaying

UPDATE: Charles Reddicks has been sentenced to life in prison.


Going on four years ago, police swarmed Hyde Park Avenue near Ukraine Way as they investigated what turned out to be the killing of Mariano Malave, 25. On Friday, a Dorchester man is scheduled to be sentenced in the shooting, which stemmed from a marijuana buy gone bad.

A jury convicted Charles Reddicks, now 21, of second-degree murder on Thursday, according to the the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Reddicks was 18 on April 27, 2012, when he went to Malave’s apartment at 132 Hyde Park Ave. Prosecutors and police say he’d told Reddicks he wanted to buy a pound of pot. The jury agreed with the prosecutors’ case that Reddicks shot Malave multiple times, killing him.

Police arrested Reddicks the month after the killing. He had been out on bail in connection with a 2011 drive-by in which an 18-year-old was shot in the arm.

Reddicks is scheduled to be sentenced about 9 a.m. Friday at Suffolk Superior Court. He faces up to life in prison for the slaying.

According to an interview Globe columnist Kevin Cullen did with Malave’s probation officer, the 25-year-old had in the time before his death gotten a job at Home Depot and was regularly passing his drug tests.