Jury selection had begun Wednesday, and opening statements wereexpected Thursday. Instead, the trial was rescheduled for Sept. 12.Giles dismissed the nine jurors who had been chosen. Giles is presiding in the first-degree murder trial of KadeemForeman and Terrell Rainey, two Dorchester men accused of shootingToneika Jones to death inside the foyer of a building at 183Harvard St. |
in Dorchester on May 22, 2010. Jones, the mother offour young children, was caught in gunfire as she arrived withfriends for a party. The two stabbing victims were on the prosecution"s witnesslist and on the witness list filed on behalf of Foreman, whichmeans they could have been called by the prosecution, the defense,or not at all during the trial, said Jake Wark, spokesman forSuffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Wark, however, suggested the stabbings may be connected to oldclashes, rather than the trial that was about to begin. Investigators have found "no evidence at this point that theattacks were a calculated attempt to derail thetrial,"" he said, and the two groups in the incidenthad had conflicts in the past. "The preliminary investigation suggests that a long-termanimus exists predating the murder and the trial amongst theparties believed to be involved,"" he said. It was not clear whether the two groups involved in the stabbinghad encountered each other at the courthouse, perhaps as part ofthe trial proceedings, or had simply met by chance near Tremont andBeacon streets, where the attack occurred.
In court, Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Mark Zanini said oneof those potential witnesses was stabbed in the back and the secondwas stabbed in the colon. He said during the rescheduling hearingthat the abdomen of one of the witnesses had been "slicedopen."" Zanini told the judge earlier that he was concerned not only aboutwhether the physical condition of the witnesses would prohibit themfrom testifying soon, but also about whether they would participatein the trial after the violence. Foreman and Rainey have pleaded not guilty to all charges. "Both of our clients have made it clear from the start thatthey are not guilty of these charges that have been lodged againstthem,"" said Foreman"s attorney, Michael Doolin."We"re disappointed in what happened [Wednesday].
Fromour perspective, I think it"s a necessity that this case getpostponed due to circumstances that were outlined incourt."" Rainey"s attorney, Stephen J. Weymouth, said in court and toreporters afterward that he wanted a brief wait with the hope thatthe stabbing victims would be sufficiently recovered to take thestand by next week. "I think it was a little premature"" for Giles todelay the trial, he said. "I understand the stab wounds areserious .
. but it may be that we find out they will be availableby next week. . .
I would have liked a little moreinvestigation."" Weymouth said that Rainey has been waiting to go on trial for 25months and that any further delay is a burden to him. David Yannetti, a Boston-based criminal defense attorney and aformer assistant district attorney in the Middlesex districtattorney"s office, called Giles"s concerns legitimate.Yannetti is not connected with the trial or the defendants. "If what happened, if that incident is connected to thetrial, that would be a frightening thought,"" Yannettisaid in a phone interview. "It could cause a precedent thatwould have a negative effect. "Many people subpoenaed to be a witness in a murder trialoften concoct scenarios where they"d be in danger, and mosttimes it"s not true.
But this is troubling."" Wednesday"s stabbings occurred about 1:45 p.m. across fromthe Omni Parker House hotel. Boston police said that no arrests have been made and that all fourstabbing victims, described by police as men in their early 20s,are expected to survive. On Wednesday after the stabbings, blood spattered the sidewalkacross from historic King"s Chapel, drawing onlookers withcameras, lawmakers from the State House, and downtown lawyers tothe area, which was cordoned off with yellow police tape. Legal proceedings against Foreman and Rainey have been turbulentfrom the start.
Two years ago, on the day the two trial defendantswere scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court, thecourthouse was evacuated after a woman inside the building told amember of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force that shemight have seen a firearm. After a security sweep of the building, no weapon was found, andthe crowd of about 400 was allowed back into the courthouse.Foreman and Rainey"s family members had arrived for thearraignment May 24, 2010, but were instructed by the attorneys toleave because of tensions in the courthouse. Try BostonGlobe.com today and get two weeks FREE. John R.
Ellement and Maria Cramer of the Globe staff contributed tothis report. Brian R. Ballou can be reached at . Follow him on Twitter at @globeballou .
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