First Mass. Juvenile Convicted Of Murder As An Adult Seeks Parole In Wake Of Law Changes04:55

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The first juvenile tried and convicted for murder as an adult in Massachusetts is awaiting a decision after his third attempt to receive parole.

But this is the first parole attempt for Rod Matthews since court rulings regarding how crimes committed as juveniles must be regarded.

Matthews was convicted of the so-called "thrill killing" of a high school classmate with a baseball bat.

While the legal view of juvenile crimes has shifted, WBUR's David Boeri reports Tuesday's parole hearing for Matthews in Natick revived the original emotion and drama of the case.

This segment aired on March 30, 2016.


David Boeri Twitter Senior Reporter
Now retired, David Boeri was a senior reporter at WBUR.