Convicted killer charged with Woolson Street massacre

Dwayne Moore, 33, of Mattapan, was arrested today for the Sept. 28 murders of three adults and one child on Woolson Street in Mattapan, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.

Moore was charged with killing Levaughn Washum-Garrison, Simba Martin and Eyanna Flonory and her 2-year-old son Amanihotep Smith on Sept. 28.

Police and prosecutors said they could not comment further because a Suffolk County grand jury is currently investigating the crimes.

Dwayne Moore was convicted of manslaughter in 1996 for killing a Milton teen in a fight on Arborcrest Terrace in Mattapan the year before. According to a Massachusetts Appeals Court ruling:

The defendant [Moore] then pushed the victim and the two fought in front of Barlatier's house. While they were wrestling, the victim took out a knife. The defendant grabbed the hand in which the victim held the knife. The victim then fell to the ground where the defendant and another individual, Fillmore Parris, repeatedly punched and kicked the victim. Barlatier tried to stop the fight by grabbing the defendant, but the defendant continued the beating. Barlatier noticed that the defendant was bleeding from his back.

The victim got up and ran toward a fence. He tried to climb over the fence but the defendant pulled him back down. The defendant then grabbed the knife out of the victim's hand and stabbed the victim in the area of the neck, either once or twice. While the victim was on the ground, the defendant and Parris again repeatedly kicked him. The defendant left the scene and Barlatier, who was looking for the victim, found the defendant about two streets away. The defendant then ran off when he saw a police cruiser approaching.

Moore was sentenced to 16 to 18 years in state prison.

Moore is the second person arrested in connection with the Woolson Street murders. Last month, police arrested Kimani Washington on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property.

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    check your math

    nonetheless, you're right, it appears he was released before his minimum sentence was over. the reason for his parole would be a good fact to examine - was it because he showed true remorse and evidence of rehabilitation or was it due to overcrowded prisons?

    Postpone the inevitable?

    Clearly this guy didn't get it from the first however many years in jail. What makes you think a few more years of institutionalization would have done anything substantial to his attitude or mentality? If anything, jail only serves to reinforce notions that human life isn't sacred.

    Hell, most people who come out and "refuse to go back to jail" would do anything, including kill, not to go back. It's polarizing...either it reinforces the bad behavior or it frightens so badly that you'd kill not to go back. Rehabilitation has given way to retribution these days and a whipped dog will bite from fear or fight.

    Whether he had be

    Whether he had be rehabilitated or not doesn't matter. He would have been kept away from innocent people, such as 3yr old children who are now tragically dead.

    What haven't I thought

    What haven't I thought through? That he is clearly an animal and he was released early from prison? Are you saying that those two years are insignificant? Would you propose letting all prisoners out two years early - rapists, murderers, child molesters etc? I'm getting angry, not at you because you clearly are not competent, but at myself for having been being baited by your insanity.

    Deal with the substance, not name-calling

    You made 2 substantive claims:

    1) It didn't matter that he wasn't rehabilitating/rehabilitated.
    2) He would have spent 2 more years away from innocent people.

    By that logic, he should have been put away for the rest of his life due to a manslaughter conviction at age 19. By the way, in that case, the victim started a fight with Moore at a party and pulled a knife out. Moore wrestled the knife from Braxton, the Milton teen, and killed him with it. Hardly the cold-blooded killer he ultimately turned into, eh? Still think it doesn't matter that he wasn't rehabilitated? This was a 19 year old who might of had a chance to redeem his prior bad act...but it appears our prison system failed him, doesn't it? So, I take exception to your notion that rehabilitation "didn't matter". If he were rehabilitated, he wouldn't have come out and tried to rob his ex-roommate leading to the death of 4 people.

    Secondly, you can see how well the 14 years treated him in jail. He went from someone who was overzealous in his own self-defense to someone willing to steal and kill to get what he wanted. I'm sure the extra 2 years would have worked miracles. The extra 2 years would have only hardened him more if it changed him at all. He would have come out and we'd still be having this same despair...just in 2012. There is no benefit to keeping him locked up those extra 2 years except to keep him away from innocent people for a longer time. If that's the only goal, then why let him out at all? It's that thought process that just gets us longer jail terms for the same crimes...and no one ends up the better for it...you just give the incarcerated person more chances to harden and become further anti-social...why? Because the system isn't built for rehabilitation (back to point #1).

    So, you made 2 statements...and I find both equally useless. You haven't thought through the logic of your claims. Neither of them identify the problem nor identify any solutions. You think he should have stayed locked up longer...and who cares if he's rehabilitated. Congrats, life sentences for everyone.

    From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Thank you, Kaz, for pointing that out. No, the system is not geared toward rehabilitation. Now, I will tell you folks a little story. I am a caucasian, middle-aged woman who lives on the Roxbury/Dorchester line. One day, around the beginning of September, I met a guy while walking down the street. He was attractive, friendly, and seemed an interesting person. I had a very enjoyable conversation with him, and we exchanged numbers. We met up a number of times, in a platonic context, in public places-this was not a quick hook-up. Eventually, we began dating. Although it was clear to me that he had had kind of a rough life, it seemed to me that this man was really striving to move forward in his life in a legit manner, and realy just was trying to establish some stability and tranquility. He was honest about having been incarcerated, and appeared to have spent his time inside in a great deal of reflection on what had brought him there. He was charming and intelligent, seemed to possess a a lot of insight and perspective. He also seemed to be a caring and respectful person. I last saw him some time around the end of the first week of November. He told me that he was broke, and that his phone would probably be disconnected, but that he would contact me from another phone. He has not contacted me again. This man, although he introduced himself to me by a completely different name, was (is) Dwayne Moore.

    Did this guy really commit this horrible crime? I would certainly like to think not.But the bigger picture here, that Kaz pointed out, but that few people seem to comprehend here is: do people really just wake up one day and say to themselves, "I think today, I'll be an evil motherf@!ker and go rob and kill some people, including a toddler." ? Obviously, the situation that unfolded, and Dwayne Moore are much more complex than that. What had Dwayne's life been like before the altercation with Keema Braxton? What were the ensuing years that he spent incarcerated like, in terms of their effect on this person's psychological and emotional health, especially if little or no real rehabilitation was offered to him? He was still a teen at that time. What is the responsibility of the system to give such individuals ample opportunities to rebuild their lives, so that one day, they might be able to be productive members of society? I do not in any way condone the actions of the alleged perpetrators. But I believe that people who have suffered unspeakable abuse, who have struggled with abject poverty through their youth and beyond, who have no love or hope in their lives, and no access to resources that many take for granted, are desperate, have nothing to lose, and therefore will do anything to just have a shot having those things. The last time I spoke with Dwayne Moore, he just wanted a place to live with heat(he was living some place that didn't have it), and the possibilty of some kind of reliable employment. Things that every person should be able to have.

    "Treat a man as he ought to be, and help him become what he could be." -Goethe

    keema may not have been

    keema may not have been "angle" but he was a 17yr old kid who didnt want a fight with the much larger 19 yr old man.Read the report on the '95 killing.Keema ran away tried to jump a fence,only 2 b caught beat by 2 men & stabbed in the neck! TWICE. RIP K