A Suffolk Superior Court judge today effectively threw out the illegal-gun charge that was the last remaining charge against Sean Ellis for the shooting death of BPD Det. John Mulligan in a Roslindale parking lot in 1993.
Technically, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert Ullman agreed to Ellis's request for a new trial on the charge, after which the Suffolk County District Attorney's office would file a formal decision to not go ahead with the case.
The DA's office had earlier decided, in 2018, not to try Ellis for what would have been the fourth time for Mulligan's murder outside the American Legion Highway Walgreens, after Ellis's attorney had discovered evidence that might have implicated an investigating detective as part of a corrupt ring of cops who included Mulligan, and after Ellis had spent 22 years in prison.
In a statement, current DA Rachael Rollins said:
Today marks the end of a long and troubling chapter in Boston’s history. A tragedy on September 26, 1993 has inextricably tied two families together. The murder of Boston Police Detective John James Mulligan reverberated around our city and over the last few decades this case has had a complicated history. Corruption and deceit were exposed, as were complicity and willful indifference to constitutionally mandated protections. Through it all, the Mulligan family suffered. They asked for none of this. They knew and loved John, not as a BPD Detective, but as a brother, uncle, father, and son. Today brings no solace for them. Instead, it exposes old wounds that will now require even more time to heal.
The Ellis family has suffered in this process as well. Although their loved one is alive, he lost 22 years of his life. As Judge Robert Ullman found today, ‘Justice was not done’ in this case.
We need to continue to work together as law enforcement partners to make sure the criminal and unconstitutional behavior that infected every part of the investigation into Detective Mulligan’s death, can never happen again.