- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Appeals Court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted in a killing that led to a surge of violence in Boston’s Cape Verdean community.

The court ruled Wednesday that Naldo Lopes’ right to a public trial was violated because his family was excluded from the courtroom during part of jury selection.

Lopes fled the area and assumed a false identity after authorities identified him as the suspect in the 1995 stabbing death of Bobby Mendes. Lopes was captured in 2007 as he arrived in Baltimore on a flight from Jamaica.

Lopes was convicted of manslaughter in 2008 and sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison.


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