A 21 year-old man from Brockton named Kian Willis was arraigned yesterday afternoon on a murder charge in the death of 27 year-old Patrick Sequeira-Ferreira on Nov. 12 on Keith Avenue in Brockton.
Willis had previous had a sexual relationship with the victim and was the last person to talk to Sequeira-Ferreira minutes before his death.
Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Kenny told the court that text messages show how Willis lured Sequira-Ferreira outside right before the shooting, falsely telling the murder victim that he arranged him an Uber ride.
Willis was interviewed by police, and expressed concerns about people finding out about his sexual relationship with Sequira-Ferreira, Kenny said. The prosecutor also stated that Willis was worried that he could lose his job, working at the Office of Community Corrections, a subset of the state’s probation department. Willis had originally met the murder victim, who was a client of the agency.
“They struck up a friendship, which was against the policies and rules of the OCC,” said Kenny, as Willis hid himself from view, standing behind a partition on the side of the court room. “The defendant also told police that he had sexual relations with the victim previous to that. It appears that no one in the defendant’s family may have been aware that he was homosexual and bisexual. It appears that the defendant before you may have been concerned that the victim was going to tell people about their relationship.”
Judge Julie Bernard ordered Willis to be held without bail. Willis, who pleaded not guilty, is now due back in court on Jan. 2 for a probable cause hearing.
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