STONEHAM, MA - A Medford Police Officer was arraigned on charges in connection with lying to investigators during a homicide investigation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.
Miguel Lopez, 53, of Stoneham, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on two counts of witness intimidation. Middlesex Superior Court Assistant Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day released the defendant on personal recognizance.
His next court date is October 3 for a pre-trial conference.
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. Joseph Puopolo, 27, was taken to the hospital and pronounced deceased. The second victim, a 28-year-old male, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. He has since been released.
An investigation was immediately launched by Stoneham Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
As part of that investigation, State Police interviewed Lopez, who lives at 6 Micah’s Pond Way along with the 28-year-old victim. It is alleged that during the course of the interview Lopez lied to police and that in an attempt to cover up a reported drug deal that allegedly led to the double shooting, Lopez removed evidence from the home.
Lopez was indicted August 15 by a Middlesex Grand Jury.
The charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Tom OReilly, David Rubin, and Stephen Gilpatric.