Man charged with ‘mistaken ID’ murder

May 4, 2012
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A man gunned down in the Mission Main housing development in 2010 may have been “the victim of mistaken identity,” according to Suffolk County prosecutors, who recently charged a man with murder in the case.

Demetrius Blocker, 21, was shot multiple times at 48 Horadan Way on Dec. 16, 2010 while waiting outside for a relative. Keith Hobbs, 26, of Boston was charged last month with being the killer, who was seen on security camera footage fleeing the scene onto Huntington Avenue.

Blocker did not live in Mission Main and is not believed to have been involved with gangs, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors believe he was misidentified as an enemy of the killer.

“A case can take days to solve or it can take years. But the cases, like the victims, are never forgotten,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley in a press statement.

Tips from members of the public were crucial in identifying a suspect, according to the Boston Police Department.

Hobbs is currently serving a state prison sentence for unrelated charges of unlawful firearm and drug possession, according to the DA’s Office. In the homicide case, Hobbs is charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammo.

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