Bay State man charged with murder of Lewiston woman

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BOSTON, Mass. — A Dorchester man was indicted Tuesday, accused of shooting two Lewiston residents in the head last summer, killing one and leaving the other near death.

Amos “Ace” Don, 24, is charged with first-degree murder for the Aug. 25, 2009, slaying of Erica Field, 29, who was found dead in a car next to her boyfriend, who had also been shot.

Don is also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder for the shooting of Field’s boyfriend, Shameek Garcia, now 32.

Don additionally was indicted on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm for the handgun he allegedly used in what police described as a drug deal gone wrong.

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Field and Garcia were shot inside a rented car in a Norwell Street truck storage lot, according to a press release issued by District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Field, who worked at a hamburger stand in Lewiston, died at the scene. Garcia was left in critical condition, requiring several weeks of hospitalization.

In the months following the shootings, Boston police worked closely with their counterparts in Lewiston. Police said Don had traveled several times between the two cities, before and after the shootings.

On Sept. 29, more than a month after Field was killed, Don was arrested at 977 Lisbon St. and charged with drug trafficking. By then, investigators had begun to suspect him in the slaying, and had begun to monitor his movements.

Lewiston police officers Derek St. Laurent and Carly Conley were assigned to the team of investigators working on the case.

Don was released from the Androscoggin County Jail on the trafficking charge. However, he was arrested a short time later in the Portland area.

With Don in jail, police continued to put together their case against him.

In Massachusetts this week, Conley hailed the efforts of Suffolk prosecutors, Boston Police homicide detectives and members of the Lewiston Police Department since the night of the homicide.

“Investigators here in Boston and in the victims’ hometown committed themselves to a thorough, exhaustive investigation,” Conley said. “A shared effort across jurisdictional lines brought us to this point, developing evidence strong enough to support our burden of proof.”

Prosecutors say that Don and Garcia, accompanied by Field, traveled to Boston on Aug. 25 to obtain drugs for sale in the Lewiston area. Instead, Don allegedly directed them to the Dorchester lot and shot them both in the head.

“This case is about the assailant’s actions, not the victims’ choices in life,” Conley said. “No one deserves to be gunned down in cold blood and left to die in a parking lot far from home.”

If convicted of the murder charge, Don faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, Conley said.

Two months after the incident, Don was arrested on an unrelated federal gun charge. He has since pleaded guilty to that offense and awaits sentencing in U.S. District Court in Maine. His arraignment on the Boston charges, on which additional details are expected to emerge, has not yet been scheduled.

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