BOSTON The trial of two men charged with four homicides — including the killing of a toddler — began Thursday.
Dwayne Moore and Edward Washington are both charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting in the Mattapan section of Boston.
On Thursday morning, jurors visited the crime scene. They were then returned to the courthouse for opening statements.
Tears flowed as the prosecution laid out its case, including graphic details of how a young mother, 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory, was fatally shot as she held her her 2-year-old son, Amani Smith.
There were objections as Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin presented his opening statement.
Prosecutors say Flonory and her son, 21-year-old Simba Martin and 22-year-old LeVaughn Washum-Garrison were killed by Moore and Washington, who had gone to Martin’s home to steal drugs and money.
A fifth victim received serious injuries in the shooting and is now paralyzed.
Defense attorneys said that while the case is a tragedy of enormous magnitude, the prosecution is based on the word of a career criminal — Washington’s cousin — who admits to being at the scene that night.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom