Trial in slaying of 16-year-old Boston boy startsAP , Associated Press
Nov. 13, 2013 6:39 AM ET
BOSTON (AP) — The trial of two Boston men charged with fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy and seriously injuring his 14-year-old friend because they thought they were members of a rival gang has started.
Sheldon Mattis and Nyasani Watt, both 20, are charged with killing 16-year-old Jaivon Blake on the streets of Dorchester in September 2012.
Prosecutors say Watt approached the victims on a bike and fired six shots. One bullet went through Blake's spinal cord.
Prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday that the victims were shot based on their address, the same street associated with a rival gang. Family members said the victims had no gang connections.
The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/HTmRc9) reports that defense lawyers said there was not enough evidence to prove that their clients were involved in the shooting.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com