For Immediate Release - April 17, 2013

Lowell Man Convicted of First Degree Murder in 2010 Lawrence Shooting

Rafael Martinez, 21, of 17 Bassett Street, Lowell was found guilty of first degree murder by an Essex Superior Court jury today in Salem Superior Court.  Judge Timothy Q. Feeley imposed the mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.  The jury started its deliberations yesterday afternoon following the four day trial.

“This was a cold-blooded brazen murder,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “Were it not for the bravery of a witness who came forward after seeing the surveillance video, there is a good chance that justice would not have been served today.”

Essex Assistant District Attorneys James Gubitose and Kim Faitella proved that on the evening of July 24, 2010, Rafael Martinez shot Timothy Walker in the head as he sat on his grandmother’s front porch at 375 Lowell Street in Lawrence.  After the initial investigation did not produce any leads, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office released surveillance video that captured Martinez exiting his car, approach 375 Lowell Street carrying a shotgun and then running back to his car.

Gubitose and Faitella praised the work of Anthony Schena of the Massachusetts State Police and Lawrence Police detective Barry Desjardins for their work on the investigation.

Martinez was represented by Attorney James McCall.