A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted William Shakespeare, 30, of Dedham, of first-degree murder for the death of Marcus Hall in the Hair It Is barbershop on Blue Hill Avenue on June 14, 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole, although Shakespeare will not formally be sentenced until Monday.
The jury convicted Shakespeare on theories of both premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty, after prosecutors said Shakespeare fired five shots at Hall, who had brought his four-year-old son to the barbershop for a haircut.
According to the DA's office:
During six days of testimony, Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham of the DA’s Homicide Unit proved that Shakespeare was inside the barbershop when Hall and his 4-year-old son came in just before 12:20 pm. The two men had a tense verbal exchange followed by an argument in the parking lot. Shakespeare left the scene, the evidence showed, then returned a short time later, using a circuitous route through back yards and wooded areas. In a second confrontation, he shot Hall, causing fatal injuries, and then left Boston for New York, where Boston Police apprehended him early last year.