Alleged accomplice to Dorchester murderer now charged as killer himself

Adam Simkins, initially charged as only helping the alleged killer of Cordell McAfee last May, was arraigned today as a joint killer after forensics evidence and witnesses pegged him as firing at McAfee alongside Lavonrence Perkins, who had been charged with murder last year.

The two were both ordered held without bail today at their arraignments on charges they walked up to McAfee on May 7 and opened fire.

Although McAfee was no stranger to violence - he avoided a murder charge by agreeing to testify against fellow gang members for the death of Trina Persad in 2002 - prosecutors say he was murdered while sitting on a porch with a relative at Dorchester Avenue and Roseland Street.

"Thanks to the Suffolk prosecutors and Boston Police detectives who worked this case day and night, Cordell's family is a little closer to justice," Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said.

According to prosecutors, investigators found Simkins's fingerprints on tin foil in which the apparent murder weapons were used and his DNA on one of the sweatshirts police say McAfee's killers wore.

Innocent, etc.