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Two Men Charged for Murder of Reading Man

Two men were charged with the murder of Martin Butt earlier this week and held without bail.

According to the Eagle Tribune, two men were charged with the murder of Reading man Martin Angelone Butt. Jose “Junior” Rivera, 32, of 176 Farnham St., Lawrence and Albert “Gordo” Vasquez, 18, of 22 Camden St., Methuen were held without bail after being arraigned in Lawrence District Court earlier this week.

Butt was shot on Union Street in Lawrence on Sept. 9 around 12:30 p.m. Police already arrested Stephanie Jo Coleman, 22, and Christopher Ansara, 27, both of 96 Ashland Ave. Methuen, on charges of being an accessory before the daytime murder of the 27-year-old. Coleman and Ansara reportedly delivered Butt in exchange for four bags of heroin. Then, according to the Eagle Tribune, Rivera and Vasquez allegedly murdered Butt. Their motive: Butt stole $1,500 worth of heroin from Rivera in September, according to the Eagle Tribune article.

Butt was shot in both the head and chest, and was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital.

Rivera and Vasquez were held without bail, are will appear in court again on Nov. 16 for a probable cause hearing.

Rob October 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
End the war on drugs. If they were legal and regulated, this never would have happened.
Jane October 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Rob keep smoking .... No one has ever been killed for legal drugs like say Oxy's right???? I can't believe you want heroin to be legalized...
Daniel October 30, 2012 at 05:37 PM
If drugs are outlawed, only outlaws have drugs. Logic is pretty simple. Jane, sorry, but this belief is misguided. What Rob is saying is that if you were to make drugs legal and regulated, (like alcohol), immediate the black market dries up...when was the last time you heard of someone being killed for a shipment of alcohol...1933? If drugs were legal and regulated, you could control the purity (reducing overdoses from additives like fentanyl) as well as distribution, eliminating drug violence and the profits afforded criminal enterprises. The only benefits to the "war" on drugs come from the multi-billion dollar law enforcement apparatus that exists as a result of their interdiction and prosecution. For this reason alone, we may never see a sensible drug policy be enacted.
Ben Hicks November 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Oxy's are not legal drugs when you're not prescribed to them...

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