- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Holyoke man has been indicted in connection with a fatal shooting in Springfield two years ago.

The Republican (https://bit.ly/1imwhyt ) reports that Jean Mercado was indicted on murder and firearms charges stemming from the October 2013 death of 33-year-old Hakeem Powell.

Powell was shot in the head in broad daylight in what police described at the time as a drug-related dispute.

The city’s gunfire detection system recorded seven or eight shots.

At the time, Mayor Dominic Sarno decried the violence and the lack of cooperation from witnesses. The weekend Powell was slain was the third consecutive weekend the city experienced a fatal shooting.

Mercado pleaded not guilty at his district court arraignment.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/


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