For Immediate Release - April 09, 2010

Boston Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Jonathan Rivera, 21, of 20 Ruggles Avenue, Boston, pleaded not guilty this morning in Salem District Court to the murder of Shaundell Turner, 30, of 382 Essex Street, Lynn.

Judge Robert Brennan ordered Rivera held without bail and continued the case until April 28 for a pre-trial conference.

Rivera allegedly stabbed Turner once in the chest at about noontime on Wednesday, April 7, on Palmer Street in Salem. An acquaintance of Turner's called 911 at 12:07 p.m., and told Salem police that she was en route to the police station with Turner in her car. Upon arrival the victim was immediately transported to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:31 p.m.

Rivera fled the area, but police tracked him down late yesterday afternoon at a Ramada Inn on Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester. He was arrested without incident.

According to investigators, Rivera and the victim were known to each other. The motive for the stabbing remains under investigation.

The case will be prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton. Rivera is represented by Attorney Edward Hayden of Lynn. The investigation is being conducted by Salem Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.