Relatives, law enforcement agents and experts testified this week during the trial of Timothy Kostka, an alleged heroin addict who is accused of killing 67-year-old Barbara Coyne in her South Boston home in April of 2012.
Kostka, now 30, is being charged with first degree murder in Coyne’s death. Coyne, who was a retired nurse and grandmother, died after her throat was slashed on the morning of April 16, 2012.
Prosecutors allege that Kostka, who knew the Coyne family well, was searching for expensive fishing gear that Richard Coyne owned. Instead, he found Barbara Coyne in her
Last week, Barbara Coyne’s son Richard testified about finding his mother bleeding profusely in her bedroom. Earlier this week, Barbara Coyne’s granddaughter Sinead, who lived on the first floor of the triple-decker home on East Seventh Street, described walking into her grandmother’s room and seeing her “laying in a pool of blood on the floor.”
Prosecutors say Kostka, who knew the Coyne family well, was allegedly looking for expensive fishing gear Richard Coyne, an avid fisherman, owned. Clyne testified that Kostka had even called him earlier that morning about where he could sell it.
By Aneri Pattani
In Suffolk Superior Court Thursday, Richard Coyne recalled the last few interactions he had with his mother, Barbara Coyne, before the 67-year-old was murdered in her South Boston home in 2012.
Timothy Kostka, a 30-year-old South Boston man, is being charged with first-degree murder in the case.
Richard Coyne ran the Boston Marathon for 20 years, but on Marathon Monday in 2012, he wasn’t making his way toward the finish line at Boylston Street. Instead, he was holding a towel to his mother’s throat, trying to stop the blood that was flowing from a stab wound.
After nearly three months with no name, the toddler whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in late June has been identified, and her alleged killers arrested.
On June 25, a woman walking her dog on Deer Island in Winthrop discovered a toddler’s body washed ashore in a trash bag and called police.
A week later, police and the Suffolk district attorney’s office released a composite image of the child, dubbed “Baby Doe” by investigators and the media. They also released photos of the polka dot leggings she was found wearing and a blanket placed in the bag with her.
Investigators followed up on hundreds of tips, tracking down leads to countries as far away as Peru. Despite the computer-generated image of Baby Doe reaching roughly 60 million people, and investigators’ use of advanced forensic techniques to identify where she came from, the toddler remained unidentified until mid-September.
Friends and neighbors said 31-year-old Grisel Sanchez was a good person and a great mother who was killed on a simple trip to the store. The disbelief and shock refused to sink in as people who knew Sanchez struggle to understand why the mother of three was struck and killed by a stray bullet.
Zachary Pinnick was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds the morning of September 10.
According to police, shots were fired around 4:40 a.m. Upon arriving at 56 Holworthy St., officers found the Pinnick, 32, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fatal stab wounds may be what caused the death of a 15-year-old from South Boston whose body was discovered on Constitution Beach on Labor Day morning, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.
Wilson Martinez’s body was identified to the public late in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 8, and authorities are urging the community to offer any information they have on the ongoing investigation.
Twenty-year-old Jean C. Louis of Boston has been identified as the victim of a shooting that killed him and left one other person injured. According to the Boston Police Department, Louis and the second victim were found on July 11 at 87 Bailey Street in Dorchester after officers responded to a call for persons shot at 5:57 p.m.
The man killed at 50 Brookway Road in Roslindale last month has been identified as 28-year-old Jason Castillo, police said on July 22.
According to the Boston Police Department, officers responded to a radio call to investigate a situation on Brookway Road at around 10:30 a.m. on July 20. Upon arrival, police said they found Castillo, a Roslindale resident, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Boston EMS pronounced Castillo dead at the scene.
On July 22, police identified the man who died in a 4th of July shooting at 12 Holburn Street in Roxbury. According to reports, 26-year-old Ryan Alexander of Boston was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe shots were fired around 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. According to the Boston Police Department, a second victim in his twenties was discovered on the scene but suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Shots fired on Wednesday, at August 12, took the life of 21-year-old Randolph resident Darwin Adilas. According to police, shots were fired at approximately 10:19 p.m. in the area of 41 Hosmer St. in Mattapan.