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Guilty Verdict in Coveney Murder Trial

West Roxbury man convicted of robbing, shooting Waltham man in 2010, gets life without parole.

A West Roxbury man was found guilty today, Sept. 21, by a Middlesex Superior Court Jury of killing Adam Coveney two years ago "in cold blood" after he tricked the 29-year-old Waltham man to meet him for a proposed drug deal that was a ruse to rob and murder him.

Daniel Louis, 23, who was sentence by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman to life in a state prison without the possibility of parole, "showed a complete disregard for another person’s life in committing this act of senseless violence, said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone after the sentence was handed down.

“This defendant shot to death in cold blood, while conspiring with three others who agreed to set up the victim for a drug deal in which they intended to shoot and kill the victim,” Leone said.

"The defendant has now been held accountable for his actions and our thoughts remain with Adam’s family and loved ones," he said.

Louis also received four to five years for the attempted armed robbery and two to three years for the possession of a firearm.

Benjamin Peirce, 19, and Shaquan Jacobs, 20, both of Newton, were also charged in connection with the Sept. 30, 2010 murder. Peirce and Jacobs’ next court date is September 28. 

Wallace Duarte, 20, of Waltham, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. His next court appearance will follow the other co-defendants’.

According to the Middlesex District Attorney, at approximately 11:05 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2010, Waltham Police received a report of possible shots fired at 879 Lexington St. Officers arrived and discovered Coveney suffering from a gunshot wound. Coveney was pronounced dead at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Coveney targeted for robbery, murder

The investigation revealed that the defendants allegedly initially attempted to rob a Newton North High School student who they knew well and specifically targeted before the murder. It is alleged that the four defendants traveled with a firearm from Boston to the student’s house and attempted to break in, but failed.  

After this failed attempt, it is alleged that Peirce then began planning a second robbery by arranging to meet the victim in Waltham for the purpose of obtaining drugs and, eight hours prior to the murder bought masks, gloves, and bleach. The three defendants then allegedly traveled to Boston to meet Louis for the purpose of acquiring a gun prior to the murder.

It is alleged that when Peirce, Jacobs and Louis met the victim for the purposes of buying drugs from him, Jacobs and Louis jumped out from a hiding place and began to beat the victim, and Louis then shot him.

Before fleeing the area, Louis is alleged to have laughed about shooting the victim and Peirce is alleged to have picked up the drugs the victim had in his possession as the victim lay dying on the ground. The three defendants are then alleged to have left the scene in a car driven by Duarte with a female companion.

Peirce was arrested on Oct. 1 and arraigned in Waltham District Court where he was ordered held without bail. Jacobs, Louis and Duarte were arrested later that day.

The Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the case were Elisha Willis and Michael Kaneb. The Victim Witness Advocate was Lesia Schymonowytsch and the paralegal was Erika-Lee Willey.  

The case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Waltham Police.

Jane Oreilly September 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM
For the Coveney Family, I was so pleased to read that their son's murderer got life in prison. Though I believe in the death penalty, I realize Mass. does not. I hope this animal rots in jail. My heartfelt sympathy to the Coveney Family. Jane Cripps O'Reilly
Julie September 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
If you deal drugs, then death is sometimes the consequence!
LarryLegend33 September 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@ Julie. You don't know the story, don't paint everything with a broad brush.
waltham wally September 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
What story? He was a drug dealer or wasnt he? OH, because you know his family or something he is a good boy who was a drug dealer! Julie is absolutley right, when you deal DRUGS people will try and rob you and maybe even KILL you!
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM
On October 1, 2010,he was 21 years old when he was arrested for a crime he did not commit or plan. All Daniel did was get picked up from a group of people and one guy was Daniel's friend. The group of young men and one girl had planned a robbery of a drug dealer for that night. As a result Adam Coveney a drug dealer was shot and died, " robbery gone bad ". According to police Daniel Louis, was not a suspect at the time after the shooting. Daniel accompanied his friend at the time Shaquan Jacobs to the police station with his mother for support. Unbeknown, to Daniel that the same people who were in the car with him was giving the police a vague discription of someone that looked like him. he was asked my police officers if he be willing to be questions, but he was not under arrest, but was read his his "Miranda Rights's" after the interview, Daniel was let go and he went back to the waiting to sit with his friends mother Mr.Jacob's. But he never went home, he was arrested for murder along side two other Young men Ben Pierce and Shaquan Jacob's. (Police Interview shown). Other video footage showed Wallace Duarte, Ben Pierce and Shaquan Jacob's buying gloves,bleach and masks each paid for each item separately for a robbery that they plan before Mr. Louis was picked up. cont.
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I will like to say, that it was sad that someone died, But the Police failed to disclose other facts about the case. Adam Coveney of Waltham was a drug dealer who sold to the kids at Newton High and many others’s. His autopsy report found cocaine, Oxy and marijuana and alcohol in his system. He was assaulted twice before his death by other people. He was found dead with his entire belongings wallet, cigarettes, money and even the pills of Oxy.So there was no robbery. That Ben and Adam were friends and bought drugs from each other and Lauren Lobb also bought drugs from Ben, and Wallace and Lauren bought drugs from each other when one dealer was out of supply. Let's not forget that Ben and Adam were friends. They tex each other
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Ben Pierce, confess to the plotting and murder and Shaquan Jacob’s confess to an inmate at the Middlesex County House of Correction, he did a crime and was going to have his ex friend take the rap Daniel. This witness wrote a letter to the D.A. office the letter was not responded to after a year later and was never introduce to help Daniel. Why? because he was from newton nor went to there high school. I wont put race in to play here it's not warranted. The facts speak loud and clear.
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Dr. Henry Neils,Medical Examiner could not say for sure if his body injuries where 100% from a beating or from all the Lay people and first responder who rendered CPR, and moving of the body and chest tube inserted to the victim he also could not say for sure if the victims bruises were recent.. He also stated cause of death GSW to the Torso. But contradicts what Marina Del Mar, said in one of her multiple statements confusing as she was accusing Daniel of shooting the drug dealer in the ass. So should we not believe the medical examiner or believe the girl again giving up names from her own high school to rob.
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I would like to say no one knows what really happen that night. But all the evidence cleared Daniel of this crime. regarding a gun whos knows where it came from I would like to also say to all the ignorant bloggers ; first Daniel did not laugh in court, he lived with both his parents in a nice home. ans has family tha care and has his back through all this; like family should be in a time of crises. Learn facts before talking about someone beacause he is from Roxbury and had braids don't make him a bad person because daniel didnt go to the same high school. Start to think about marina, wallace ben and shaquan and there involvements....
xuriaq Row September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
my sympathy also goes out to all the families, dealing with this. Remember cases get appealled and reviewed, so as all these young men sit in jail remember we r payning for there room and board there health care, 6x a months they get there flu shots etc..get food 4x a day work and get a free college education. And lets not forget they wont pay bills, child support we are it's called welfare!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the victims family contributes to that....i can on....
Reggie September 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I'm with Julie and Waltham wally on this.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Two comments that previously appeared below this have been deleted because they accused people, without supporting evidence, of committing crimes.
Reggie September 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
@Jane ORielly, really? How would it feel if I said I hope Adam rots in the ground for selling drugs to young kids? Think about what you say before you type, there are actually inncoent family members involved who read this!
Rusty October 01, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Sucks for everyone involved, but lets face it..the kid dealt drugs to kids who do drugs. Gotta know that is one of the possible outcomes. What is surprising to me is that DL already got sentenced before BP and SJ trial even started. You would figure they would all be part of the same trial or that DL, who is accused of being the actual shooter, would have his trial after BP and SJ's. Either way, 4 lives are ruined. Have fun sitting in jail fella's. I hope the handfull of pills and few bucks you got were worth the rest of your life.
local bro October 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I'm sorry for difficulty and loss the accused and their families have be subject to, sadly I know a thing or two about loss. Anyone that considers themselves and friend of Adam's or his family. Please refrain from debating the facts of the case or posting comments about the accused. Neither will bring Adam back or do anything to honor his memory. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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