Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said today that justice, and Jassy Correia's family, deserve to see the man charged with her murder be tried in Boston, whether by her office or by federal prosecutors - who could seek the death penalty.
"Jassy was and is a part of our community," she said at an afternoon press conference. "Her family is a part of our community and her community deserves the chance to see justice done in this city."
But noting that law-enforcement officials in both Rhode Island and Delaware are also investigating the death of the 23-year-old Dorchester woman and Louis Collins's possible role - he has been charged in Rhode Island with several crimes involving Correa's disappearance, but not yet murder - both Rollins and Police Commissioner William Gross said they will accept a collaborative decision on where to try the suspect.
Rollins said she has spoken to US Attorney Andrew Lelling ten times in the past 24 hours about the case. She added that in addition to police in Boston, Providence and Delaware, the FBI has been active in the investigation into what happened after Correia left Venu on Warrenton Street early Sunday.
Rollins said that if a federal prosecutor - such as Lelling - does not take the lead role in prosecution, Coleman could face trials in more than one jurisdiction. At the very least, she said, preliminary evidence shows whatever happened to Correa started in Boston, that suspect Louis Colman III may have first interacted with Correia inside Venu even before she got into his car several blocks away, on the other side of the turnpike.
Acknowledging that Correia's disappearance was the second such incident this year, Gross said District A-1, which covers downtown and Chinatown, has stepped up patrols around local bars at night. But he added BPD is also working with the community - everybody from late-night livery drivers to people exiting clubs and bars - to get people to look out for each other and to report anything that looks out of place.
Rollins and Gross both said there is no place for victim blaming in the case.
Corriea, who leaves a two-year-old daughter, was not in the wrong place at the wrong time, Rollins said. "She was right where every woman has a right to be: Celebrating her birthday with her friends."