For Immediate Release - December 24, 2012

Lawrence Man Arraigned on Murder Charge

Josue Diaz, (DOB 03/11/1985), 21 Blakelin Street, Lawrence, was arraigned on a murder charge in Lawrence District Court this morning before Judge Barbara Pearson.  A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.  The defendant was held without bail by agreement. 

On December 31, 2011 at approximately 1:20 am, the Lawrence Police received a report of a shooting occurring near 56 Jackson Street by a food truck.  Lawrence Police responded and found Johann Miranda, 29, suffering from gunshot wounds.  Mr. Miranda was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Essex Assistant District Attorney Michael Sheehan and Essex Victim Witness Advocate Christina Garcia are assigned to the case. 

Diaz is represented by Attorney James Krasnoo and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  He is due back in court on January 30, 2013 for a probable cause hearing.