The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Shawn Fritz got a fair trial and saw no reason to overturn a jury's verdict that he pumped five bullets into Albert Titcomb III's head in a Bunker Hill housing project hallway in 1994.
Fritz, 22 at the time of the murder, was found guilty in 1996 of first-degree murder based on "deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty."
Prosecutors convinced the jury that Fritz lured Titcomb, a drug addict, into the hallway with a promise of some angel dust, then fired repeatedly at close range because Titcomb was unable to repay a $50 loan for some drugs.
The verdict represented a major crack in what was then the neighborhood's notorious code of silence.
Two pals of Fritz's were found innocent.
Fritz's current lawyer, Rosemary Scapicchio, was unable to convince the state's highest court that any errors in the trial were more than minor mistakes that did nothing to affect the trial's outcome.