Man arrested for drug-related murder

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 on May 18 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.

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