A Mattapan woman was ordered today held pending a dangerousness hearing on charges she tried bringing a loaded gun into Suffolk Superior Court this morning, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.
Following her arrest at one of the security scanners in Suffolk Superior Court, Octavia Kelly, 22, was brought to Boston Municipal Court for arraignment on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, the DA's office says. Judge John Garland ordered Kelly held without bail pending a January 10 dangerousness hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci said that at 9:55 a.m. today Boston police and Suffolk Superior Court officers detained Kelly after the courthouse security scanning machines detected a handgun among personal items she placed on the conveyor belt. The gun was inside a clutch-style bag, which was placed inside a shoulder-style bag. A debit card and an EBT card, both in Kelly’s name, were also in the bags.
Kelly told officers she had come to the courthouse to support her boyfriend, Wendell Morris, 33, who was being arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court for firearm charges. She told the officers, "I don't know anything about the gun in my bag."
Morris had bail set at $100,000 at his arraignment this morning on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, second offense, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a large-capacity feeding device, court records show. A Suffolk Superior Court grand jury had indicted him last month.
Morris was also charged with violating an abuse prevention order. In addition to setting bail, a judge also ordered him to stay away from the Rutherford Avenue address where he was arrested and to not abuse another woman, according to court records.