Testimony in the truly horrific 2010 Mattapan quadruple murder trial began this week, and the appearance of a key witness, Kimani Washington, played very differently in Boston’s local dailies.
From Page One of Wednesday’s Boston Globe:
Key witness testifies on Mattapan killings
When his friend told him he knew a drug dealer they could rob for cash and cocaine, Kimani Washington said, he was in.
Robbing drug dealers was a way of life, the key witness testified yesterday in the 2010 killing of a toddler and three adults on a Mattapan street.
“They played the same game that I played,’’ Washington said. “That was the only way we were going to make our living.’’
But when his friend, Dwayne Moore, told him that after the robbery he had shot everyone, including the 2-year-old son of one of the victims, Washington said, he wanted to find a gun “to kill him.’’
Washington has cut a deal to testify in exchange for a sentence of 16-18 years in prison, with no murder charge.
Globe money graf:
Lawyers for the defendants have said Kimani Washington is lying to save himself.
Cut to Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis, who’s far more judgmental under the headline, “Massacre testimony riddled with holes.”
Defense lawyers will get their chance [Wednesday] to tear through the vagaries of Kimani’s testimony and perhaps ask him why so many people had to die so he could walk away with a $600 score.
Speaking of scores, Round One goes to the Herald.