For Immediate Release - July 30, 2012

Haverhill Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Lawrence Man Pleads Not Guilty to Being an Accessory After the Fact to Murder

Juan Carlos Sanchez, 20, of 23 Chestnut Street, Haverhill, pleaded not guilty today in Haverhill District Court to two counts of murder, eight counts of home invasion, seven counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and one count of carrying a firearm without a license.

Sanchez is accused of the July 23 murders of William Melchionda, 19, of 629 River Street, Haverhill, and Anddy Guzman, 20, of Lawrence, which took place in Melchionda’s apartment.

Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Sanchez held without bail and continued his case until August 30 for a probable cause hearing.  Sanchez is represented by Attorney Ronald Ranta.

Matthew Rogers, 26, of 1068 Essex Street, Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact to murder and misleading a police investigation.  Judge Dowling ordered him held on $25,000 cash bail and continued his case until August 31 for a probable cause hearing.  Rogers is represented by Attorney Rebecca Whitehill.  

The investigation is being conducted by Haverhill Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.