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Stoughton Man Arrested for September 2011 Avon Murder

The arraignment was Friday afternoon at Norfolk Superior Court.

The following is a press release from the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office:

A 23-year old Stoughton man has been indicted and arrested for the September 20, 2011 murder of 23-year-old Kristopher Rosa in Avon, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Avon Chief of Police Warren Phillips.

Rhandisyn Lawrence, of 36 Tanglewood Drive, Stoughton, was arrested at his residence Friday afternoon (Jan. 13, 2012) by Massachusetts State Police homicide detectives attached to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office working with Stoughton and Avon Police.

“A Norfolk County Grand Jury issued a single murder indictment against this defendant earlier today,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “Police have been conducting surveillance on this individual and placed him under arrest quickly after the indictment [was] issued. He is expected to be arraigned this afternoon.”

Kristopher Rosa was shot to death while operating a motor vehicle on Central Street in Avon while his girlfriend was a passenger in that car. She drove Rosa to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton immediately after the shooting, but Mr. Rosa was pronounced dead there.  He was a father of one son and a resident of Avon.

“I would like to thank Avon Police Chief Warren Phillips and the members of the Avon Police department for their exemplary work and cooperation in this investigation, leading to today’s indictment,” Morrissey said.

The District Attorney added that, as in all criminal cases, indictment accusations and an indicted defendant enjoys the Constitutional presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  Morrissey also thanked the for their help in taking Mr. Lawrence into custody.

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