WOBURN— Two men were arraigned today on murder charges in connection with a Stoneham double shooting that killed one man and injured another, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.
The two men pleaded not guilty to charges including murder in the fatal shooting last week of an Army veteran at a home in Stoneham.
Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, were arraigned in Woburn District Court today on charges of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm. Woburn District Court Judge Timothy Gailey ordered the defendants held without bail.
The defendants’ next court date is August 12 for a probable cause hearing.
“We allege that these two defendants murdered Joseph Puopolo and wounded a second victim during an attempted robbery,” District Attorney Ryan said. “This was a senseless crime and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family during this difficult time.”
Puopolo's father said his son served in Afghanistan.
According to authorities, at approximately 12:19 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Stoneham Police responded to a residence at 6 Micah’s Pond Way in Stoneham for a report of gunshots.
When officers arrived they found two males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One of those men, identified as Joseph Puopolo, 27, was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest and wrist. He was transported to Leahy Clinic where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 28-year-old male, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is in stable condition.
Stoneham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the incident.
The investigation revealed that the 28-year-old victim arranged to sell drugs to the two defendants through known associates. It is alleged that prior to arrival of the two defendants, the 28-year-old victim asked Puopolo to come to the home because he was concerned the proposed deal may be a drug rip-off. It is alleged that Williams and Tate entered the home shortly after midnight to complete a drug deal. When they entered the home, the two defendants allegedly drew handguns, demanded drugs and money, and then shot Puopolo and the 28-year-old victim.
Based on the investigation, including witness statements and physical evidence, two arrest warrants were issued on Sunday, July 7 for Williams and Tate. Williams was arrested in East Boston by Massachusetts State Police, Stoneham Police and Medford Police. Tate turned himself in to Stoneham Police.
These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Stoneham Police, with assistance from Medford Police and the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team. The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Tom OReilly and David Rubin. The Victim Witness Advocate is Beth Lane.