Mass. man pleads not guilty in fatal hammer attackAP , Associated Press
Sep. 12, 2013 7:31 PM ET
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Brockton man pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges in a fatal hammer attack on a 74-year-old Pentecostal minister who was riding a bicycle to his daughter's home.
Carlos Ramon Velazquez, 35, was arraigned in Brockton Superior Court in the Aug. 20 beating death of Lee Harmon. Velazquez was ordered held without bail.
Harmon was an associate pastor of the Church of God in Christ in Roxbury. About 20 of his family members and friends attended the hearing and said afterward they want answers about his death.
Prosecutor Jeremy Beth Kusmin said Harmon was killed with a hammer he was carrying as he bicycled to his disabled daughter's home to help her with a household chore. She said there a confrontation before the killing, but the men didn't know each other and prosecutors don't have a motive.
Kusmin said a witness heard a man screaming "If you had never hit me with a hammer, none of this would have happened," as he fled the area. Velazquez was treated for a head injury later in Boston and said he had been attacked by a group of people near where Harmon was killed.
Prosecutors said Velazquez's DNA was found on Harmon's bicycle and a hat found at the scene. He was arrested Wednesday.
His attorney said Velazquez's actions afterward didn't seem to be those of a guilty person, but he is still reviewing information about the case.