Former Friend Faces First-Degree Murder Charges in Death of Shannon Richardson Jr.

Update (7/21/2014): Carvalho is currently being held without bail. He will return to court for a bail review hearing on Aug. 7, 2014.

Peter Carvalho, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the May 2014 death of Shannon Richardson Jr., also 25.

Carvalho is accused of shooting Richardson several times in the back as he walked in the Dudley Street area of Dorchester. Police later found Richardson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a local store. He was then taken to Boston Medical Center, where he eventually died.

Prosecutors contend Carvalho, a Dorchester native, and Richardson were once friends. In addition to the murder charge, Carvalho is accused of unlawful possession of both a firearm and ammunition.

He will return to court July 21, 2014.

A press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office below.

July 16, 2014

First-Degree Murder Indictment in Fatal May Shooting

(BOSTON) — The Dorchester man charged with gunning down 25-year-old Shannon Richardson earlier this year is expected be arraigned in Superior Court next week, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced today.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments on July 9 charging PETER CARVALHO (D.O.B. 8/11/88) with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Carvalho was arrested May 21, the day Richardson’s murder, and has been held without bail since his Roxbury Municipal Court. Last week’s indictments move the case from the district court to Suffolk Superior Court, where the case will be adjudicated. Carvalho is expected to be arraigned July 21.

According to prosecutors, Richardson – a one-time friend of Carvalho – was shot multiple times as he walked on Dudley Street on the day of May 21 and collapsed in a nearby store. He later died of his injuries at Boston Medical Center.

Two Boston Police officers patrolling the area saw and recognized Carvalho running in the area of the shooting while clutching his waistband, which they recognized from their training as a characteristic of an armed gunman. Officers began to pursue Carvalho, who ran straight into the store where Richardson lay dying, prosecutors said.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman led the grand jury proceedings that resulted in last week’s indictments. Arraignment will take place July 21 in the Magistrate’s Session of Suffolk Superior Court.

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