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Man already facing gun charges in Hyde Park arrested in connection with teen's murder in a downtown hotel room

A judge today ordered Messiah Leggett, 20, of Hyde Park, held in lieu of $100,000 in bail on a gun charge in connection with last night's shooting murder of a 17-year-old inside a room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Avenue de Lafayette, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors say Leggett told police he was packing a gun in the hotel room where the girl, still not publicly identified, was found dead last night. He was formally charged only with unlawful possession of a firearm as the investigation continues, the DA's office says.

According to the DA's office, police quickly tracked Leggett and two juvenile companions to Spruce and Chestnut streets on Beacon Hill, thanks to surveillance video that showed the three leaving the hotel and crossing Boston Common.

Police recovered a firearm near where Mr. Leggett and two juvenile companions were stopped by police. In speaking to police, Mr. Leggett acknowledged his possession of the firearm inside the hotel room where the deceased, a 17-year-old girl, was located.

Leggett is already awaiting trial on gun charges for an incident last August at Ross Playground in Hyde Park, in which police say they found him with a gun loaded with 13 rounds in a backpack following an argument there.

Innocent, etc.

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I’m saddened and disgusted by the death of this teenager. What really infuriates me is the fact that one suspect in this case already had gun charges from August 2020! Over and over this is the case. At what point does the criminal justice system work to protect law-abiding citizens? Law -abiding citizens have to jump through hoops to get a LTC and criminals just get a slap on the wrist for unlawfully carrying firearms and committing violent crimes.

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Our criminal justice system is quite efficient, when it comes to protecting Tahoes and parking lots.

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Another fine achievement of mass bail fund? (I mean his oct $6500 bail)

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Blame the judge who set a silly low bail amount, or blame prosecutors for not arguing to revoke bail because of dangerousness.

Bail is not meant to keep people in jail indefinitely - judges can decide that for any case. That’s the bail funds basic argument.

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Such a "silly low" bail, particularly if the judge was only able to consider the defendant's income and economic circumstances. Then, out of nowhere, the bail fund (flush with donations from mainly white, suburban, upper middle income folks) comes swooping down to the defendant's rescue.

You can't blame the prosecutor -- remember, the Suffolk DA is Rachael Rollins. She is a Black woman and self-described "social justice warrior", so without question, her office's policies are driven by her personal experience and by what's best for the majority-minority Boston community.

This teen's murder is the result of misguided citizens: overwhelmingly white suburban people who are physically so far away from the harsh reality on Boston's streets, taking comfort in the fact that they "helped" their "less fortunate" counterparts (note the resemblance to the very racist concept of "the white man's burden). Woke politics at its best.

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Bail is not supposed to be used as punishment and there is no mention of this guy failing to appear in court.

Bail is the amount of money defendants must post to be released from custody until their trial. Bail is not a fine. It is not supposed to be used as punishment. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial and all pretrial hearings for which they must be present. Bail is returned to defendants when their trial is over, in some states minus a processing fee.

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How’s paying someone’s bail with other people money ensures they show up for court appearances/?

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This is pretty good: Prosecutors Admit They’re Abusing The Bail Process And The Media Just Cheers Them On

Bail funds are meant to free unconvicted people from jail and were created as a reaction to state abuse of the bail process. The state routinely uses excessively high bail to effectively imprison poor people for long periods without trial.

The state can already hold anyone without bail if they believe and can convince a judge that it's necessary. If people are upset that someone was granted bail they should blame the district attorney for not objecting to it.

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You want accountability from our DA?!

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on the rise in Boston lately? First the woman set on fire and thrown out of a car, a broad-daylight slaying a couple of weeks ago on Washington St in Dorchester, now this. Seems there are some very nasty characters operating out there lately, especially if these crimes are related. Hopefully the Boston police can solve these murders.

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