Published December 8, 2010
Boston Police say a third person has been arrested in the murders of four people in Mattapan.
Edward Washington, of Dorchester, is charged with four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, home invasion, armed robbery and illegal possession of a weapon.
On Sept. 28, police found the bodies of four people, including a mother and her two-year-old son, on Woolson Street in Mattapan.
Police say Washington is the cousin of Kimani Washington, the first man arrested in connection with the case. Kimani Washington was arrested Oct. 2 in New Hampshire on drug and weapons charges. He is being held without bail.
On Nov. 22, police arrested a second suspect, Dwayne Moore, of Mattapan. Moore, like Edward Washington, has been charged with four counts of murder, among other charges. He is being held without bail.
In 2006, Washington was acquitted on federal racketeering and conspiracy charges related to his alleged involvement in the Esmond Street Crew, a violent gang that authorities said attempted to murder members of the rival Franklin Hill Giants partly for status, but mostly to protect its cocaine business in the Esmond Street area. A federal judge ordered Washington and a co-defendant not guilty the day after the jury declared itself deadlocked on charges stemming from alleged activity in 2000 and 2001.
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