- Essex District Attorney’s Office
Media Contact for Boston Man Arraigned for Lawrence Murder
Carrie Kimball Monahan, Director of Communications
Lawrence, Massachusetts — A Boston man was arraigned today in Salem Superior Court for shooting two brothers, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Judge Thomas Drechsler ordered the defendant held without bail.
Jeffery Tapia, 23, of Roxbury, is accused of shooting Jenssy, 25, and Javier Hernandez, 26, outside a house party at 234 Bailey Street in Lawrence in the early morning hours of July 30th. Jenssy was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Javier was transported to a Boston hospital and survived.
Tapia was indicted yesterday by an Essex County Grand Jury indicted Tapia yesterday for Murder, Assault with Intent to Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. He was taken into custody without incident at the Roxbury District Courthouse, where he was reporting to probation on an unrelated case.
Essex Assistant District Attorney AJ Camelio is representing the Commonwealth.
“Thanks to the diligence and cooperative efforts of the Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Lawrence Police, this defendant will be held accountable for his actions,” Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said.
Tapia was represented by Attorney Joseph Collins and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. A Bail Hearing is scheduled for January 4, 2018.