- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A third defendant has been convicted of murder in connection with the disappearance of a Worcester man 20 years ago.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1rGdmMk ) reports that Elias Samia was found guilty by a Worcester Superior Court jury on Thursday in the 1994 slaying of Kevin Harkins.

Prosecutors say Samia fatally shot the 36-year Harkins after Harkins reneged on an agreement to provide perjured testimony in a drug case pending against John Fredette, one of Samia’s friends.

Harkins’ body has never been found and he wasn’t declared dead until 2008.

Fredette and a third defendant, Matteo Trotto, were previously convicted and are serving life sentences.

Prosecutors say Harkins was lured out of a bar and into Samia’s car, where he was shot.

Samia faces a life sentence.

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

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