Two men were charged on counts of first-degree murder and witness intimidation. Prosecutors say that two half-brothers, William Hodges and Brendan Bates, led their victim, Kevin Gonsalves, to a vacant house in Blackstone. The brothers were under the guise of ripping off a drug dealer of marijuana.
Hodges then proceeded to exit the car and shot Gonsalves twice in the chest and once in the head, says Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early. The men had all known each other for years. Early says there had been an ongoing dispute for years between Hodges and Gonsalves, but he refused to elaborate.
Both brothers are from Milford and are being held without bail at the urging of Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Travers. Police arrested the brothers, and the next day, the police recovered the handgun in an unidentified body of water. Police insist on keeping the body of water a mystery because they are still searching for evidence.
Meanwhile, in court, Gonsalves’s friends and family observed the arraignments. One pounded a fist and shouted “coward.” Others identified Gonsalves as a giving person. Gonsalves’s father claims that Gonsalves was to move in with him to Arizona to change his life and work in the father’s landscaping business.
A trial for Hodges and Bates is to follow.
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