EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 1, 2014

Man faces 1st degree murder charges in Lawrence shooting

By Jill Harmacinski
jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — A 30-year-old Lawrence man currently being held as a fugitive in New York City was indicted this week for the Oct. 18 murder of Edgar Ramos.

Ramos, 25, was shot in the chest four times as he walked near the intersection of Essex and Oxford streets that night.

On Monday, Carlos Powell, formerly of 110 East Haverhill St., was indicted by the Essex County Grand Jury for first degree murder. The charge carries a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Powell was initially arrested as fugitive from justice in Queens on Dec. 7. due to a warrant issued for assault and firearms charges stemming from an unrelated August 2008 case in Lawrence.

He refused to waive rendition and now local authorities will be applying for a governor’s warrant to bring him back to Massachusetts, said Steve O’Connell, spokesman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

A governor’s warrant is the vehicle local prosecutors use to have a suspect returned to the state when they refuse to return voluntarily, O’Connell explained.

Ramos, who was remembered by family as a doting son and good father, was shot around midnight on Oct. 18. He died a short time later at Lawrence General Hospital.

Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said local and state police detectives have worked diligently on the case.

“This remained a priority. They were able to establish the case well before this indictment,” Fitzpatrick said.

Authorities said they could not discuss a potential motive in the murder.

It’s unclear when Powell will be arraigned in Superior Court on the first degree murder charge. The governor’s warrant process can take up to 90 days, O’Connell said.

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