For Immediate Release - August 11, 2010

Lynn Teen Charged With Murder Held Without Bail

Javon Walczak, 16, of 208 Edgemere Road, Lynn, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to charges of murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge Richard Mori ordered Walczak held without bail and continued his case until September 10 for a probable cause hearing.

Walczak allegedly stabbed Rene Valdez, 15, of 45 Sylvia Road, Medford to death at about 11:15 Monday night in front of 121 High Rock Street. He also allegedly stabbed Darren Colucci, 17, of 8 Valley Road, Swampscott, in the torso, but his injury was not life threatening. Walczak was arrested at about 2 p.m. yesterday in Lynn.

Defense Attorney Jonathan Shapiro agreed to have his client held without bail pending the probable cause hearing. The Commonwealth was represented at today's arraignment by Essex Assistant District Attorney Eitan Goldberg.