After 16 years as the Suffolk County District Attorney, Dan Conley is choosing to not seek reelection. He intends to finish out the remainder of his term. Conley, a West Roxbury resident, was a Boston City Councilor before being appointed as Suffolk Country District Attorney in February 2002 to replace Ralph Martin II. He was then elected to the position later that year in November. Conley unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2013 after Mayor Thomas Menino announced he wasn't seeking reelection.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz let it be known she doesn't agree with several district attorneys' comments regarding a state bill that would decrease the amount of people in the criminal justice system. She is strongly in favor of the bill while some DAs do not like that some mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses would be removed. "The knee-jerk reaction of some district attorneys to the (Massachusetts) Senate reform package smacks of entitlement. They want to talk about accountability? Over the last forty years, we gave huge power to DAs in sentencing – and with it they oversaw a system that grew into a costly, ineffective, and racist mess," said Chang-Díaz to Jamaica Plain News.
The last time Phillip Carrington stood trial in the death of Celestine Walker, the jury couldn't reach a verdict. But on Tuesday a jury found the 51-year-old guilty of murder. Walker, 45 when she died, was found dead in her JP apartment in May 2013. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said those who loved Walker received "some measure of justice" from the decision. "This verdict won’t return Celestine to their arms," Conley said in a press statement, "but I hope they can take satisfaction in the knowledge that this jury saw her death for what it was – a crime of deadly domestic violence for which her abuser will be held accountable."
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 added a murder charge to gun charges already filed in the killing of Dawnn Jaffier. The 26-year-old woman, who worked at JP's Hennigan School as part of the Boys & Girls Club, died after being shot Saturday at a parade in Dorchester. On Monday, officials charged Keith Williams, 18, of Boston, with her shooting death. Jaffier was struck in the head, her father told media. She was at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Charlotte Street watching the J'ouvert Parade, which is part of the day-long Caribbean Carnival.