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.