A suspect has been charged with murder in the April 27 shooting death of a Jamaica Plain man inside his Hyde Park Avenue apartment, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The killing of Mariano Malave involved a drug deal gone bad, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Charles Reddicks, 18, of Dorchester was arrested today in JP and charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to BPD. Reddicks was out on bail in an unrelated case where he is accused of the drive-by shooting of another man, according to the DA’s Office. He is now being held without bail.
The killing happened as Reddicks allegedly attempted to purchase a pound of marijuana from Malave in his 132 Hyde Park Ave. apartment, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern said in a press statement.
“In the course of the transaction, the defendant fired multiple shots, killing Mr. Malave,” Mulhern said.
Reddicks was already in legal trouble for a Dec. 1, 2011 incident elsewhere where he allegedly shot and wounded a man in retaliation for a previous altercation.
Reddicks is slated to return to court on the murder charge on June 20.
Updated version: This version includes information from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.