Plymouth: Re-Trial Starts for Quincy Man Accused in Marshfield Murder

Testimony has started in the re-trial of a Quincy man accused of murder.

Michael Moscaritolo is one of three men charged with the murder of 43-year-old Robert McKenna in 2015. The trial is taking place at Plymouth Superior Court.

In opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Jessica Elumba says Moscaritolo and three men broke into McKenna’s Marshfield home, beat him, and stole five of his guns.

McKenna was found dead in his kitchen, in a pool of blood. A purple glove was found next to him with DNA on it that matched to Moscaritolo. 

Elumba said that evidence in the case will prove he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Defense attorney Rosemary Scapicchio warned jurors to not believe all the witnesses. She said the prosecutors were not at the scene. In order to believe their version of events, the jurors had to believe their witnesses.

She says testimony changed from neighbors, scientists testing evidence had a bias to get a certain result, and that witnesses were paid for by the Commonwealth with grants of immunity.

The trial is expected to take place over three weeks.

Last May, a mistrial was declared at Plymouth Superior Court for Moscaritolo.

Jurors deliberated for seven days, but were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the murder charge. They told Judge CJ Moriarty they were hopelessly deadlocked, and a mistrial was declared. Guilty verdicts were reached on charges of Burglary with Assault to an Occupant, Unarmed Robbery, and five counts of Larceny of a Firearm. Five charges for illegal possession of a firearm were dismissed.

James Ferguson of Dorchester and Mark O’Brien of South Boston were found guilty in connection to the murder and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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