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.