Thursday, August 31, 2006

Case in Point

Man is killed for gold necklace

SOMERVILLE -- Joy turned to horror early yesterday when Bernard Johnson was shot to death over a gold chain -- just minutes after he and his girlfriend announced their surprise engagement to family members, according to relatives of the couple and Middlesex prosecutors.


Johnson was shot at least four times after he struggled with a Cambridge man who authorities allege confronted Johnson at gunpoint and tried to rip off a gold chain as he and his fiancee left the apartment about 1 a.m.


Valentino L. Facey , 21, who allegedly tried to snatch the chain, was arrested nearby and pleaded not guilty in Somerville District Court yesterday afternoon to charges of armed robbery and being an armed career criminal [in prison? - ed] in possession of a firearm.

"But, the last time we let him out of prison, after six months of hard time, he promised he'd behave. This latest killing just seems so unexplainable. Surely, there must be some inanimate object somewhere we can hold responsible for this senseless act of violence."