Boston gentleman held on murder charge sister accused of witness intimidation

Two siblings facial area felony expenses in the Independence Day slaying of a Dorchester girl — a male accused of shooting her to dying, and his sister alleged to have then threatened a witness.

Kristian Maraj, 22, is currently being held without having bail on murder and firearms charges immediately after his Monday arrangement, in accordance to Suffolk District Lawyer Rachael Rollins’ workplace. He has pleaded not guilty.

Suffolk Superior Court Decide Jeffrey Locke requested Maraj, also of Dorchester, held with no bail on the costs that he shot 34-yr-outdated Felicity Coleman to dying in the early hrs of the early morning on July 5 as she watched men and women set off fireworks in the neighborhood.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Bradley advised the courtroom that a group of people experienced gathered at Stonehurst and Norton streets in Dorchester to check out fireworks as the 4th turned into the 5th, when Maraj received into a fight and dropped a gun. His mate picked it up and ran with in direction of Maraj’s Hamilton Road property, prosecutors claimed, and Maraj’s father tried out to soar into the combat — and was stabbed.

Maraj left, obtained his gun, and then ran back to the team, opening fireplace — and killing Coleman, who lived close by, the prosecutors mentioned.

“Ms. Coleman was exterior observing fireworks when she was shot and murdered,” Rollins stated in the statement, praising Boston Law enforcement for their investigation. “Residents of our local community ought to have to be equipped to stroll outside the house with panic of violence and hurt. My staff and I are right here to offer Ms. Coleman’s loved ones and each individual murder survivor with methods and help to commence the very long and grueling authorized course of action and journey toward therapeutic.”

Bianca Balkshun, Maraj’s sister, faces a charge of witness intimidation, the DA’s office environment claimed. On July 14, she allegedly told a witness: “You are ratting my brother out…there’s a bullet with your name on it…watch out, you are upcoming.’’

She has not but appeared in court.

Rollins stated in the assertion, “Witness intimidation costs are taken incredibly very seriously, as a lot of our scenarios simply cannot be solved without the need of witnesses coming forward. A huge component of our job in the DA’s Place of work is serving to witnesses come to feel safe and sound plenty of to have faith in the authorized course of action to testify when trusting legislation enforcement more than enough to safeguard them from damage when and if they do.”

Maraj is future because of in courtroom Dec. 15. Maraj’s attorney claimed his shopper seems forward to “vigorously” defending himself Balkshun’s lawyer couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.