Man arraigned on charge stemming from Attleboro killing
A man charged in connection with a fatal shooting in Attleboro was arraigned Wednesday in District Court.
The Bristol County District Attorney said Christopher Johnson faced a charge of misleading a criminal investigation.
“Many of the statements that he had given to police were misleading statements – deliberately misleading statements – taking the time away from this active homicide investigation,” Jason Mohan, a prosecutor, said.
But Johnson’s attorney said his client gave different statements because he was scared and confused.
“He may have done it because he was under the gun and wanted to defend himself,” the attorney said.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home on South Avenue at about 11 p.m. Monday.
Prosecutors said two armed men entered the house and demanded drugs before they shot 34-year-old Thomas Pomare in the head.
Police said Pomare, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, later died at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
Relatives said Pomare grew up in Attleboro and just arrived in Massachusetts on Saturday to mourn his younger brother, Malachi Mims, who was shot to death in Cambridge three weeks ago.
“You can imagine losing two sons, two nephews, two cousins, in two and a half weeks,” Viola Rogers, who is Pomare’s aunt, said. "We just laid to rest his brother last Monday -- one week to the day of Thomas's passing."
Roger’s said Pomare, who has two young children and another one on the way, was at the home with the owner and her son when the violence broke out. Pomare's family said Pomare wasn’t close friends with Johnson, but the two had mutual groups of friends.
Police haven’t made any arrests in his brother’s murder and his loved ones said they don’t know if the murders are connected.
“We haven't been provided any information," Rogers said. "We're hoping for answers and hoping (police) can provide some answers for the family. We want this resolved. We don't want this to be another unsolved homicide."
But authorities said the shooting was fueled by the theft of marijuana. They were searching for two men who witnessed said left the home in a burgundy Jeep.
Johnson has a lengthy criminal record and was just released from jail hours before the homicide. The judge gave him $25,000 cash bail, but it's being revoked for 60 days.