- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Testimony has begun the trial of a third man charged with killing a still-missing man because he refused to lie about a drug case.

Prosecutor Daniel Bennett said in his opening Monday that Elias Samia of Worcester was the one who shot 36-year-old Kevin Harkins in February 2014 as they sat in Samia’s car with two other men.

John Fredette and Matteo Trotto were convicted of murder in the case earlier this year. Bennett said Harkins was shot the day after he failed to testify for Fredette.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1t6pJro ) Samia’s lawyer Joan Fund said in her opening that prosecutors based their case on “innuendo” and “spin.”

The first prosecution witness, Donald St. Pierre, testified Fredette told him he planned to kill Harkins if Harkins didn’t give false testimony in Fredette’s drug case.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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