Teen suspect held without bail in New Bedford murder case

Sixteen-year-old David Lima of New Bedford, who was accused of killing his sister's ex-boyfriend, made his first appearance in court Friday, March 17, 2017. (WJAR)

A New Bedford teenager accused of killing his sister's ex-boyfriend made his first appearance in court Friday to face a murder charge.

Prosecuting attorneys said the defendant, 16-year-old David Lima, shot and killed Jonas Trinidad Jr, 20, on Wednesday morning.

Lima was also charged on multiple counts for illegal possession of a gun.

Attorneys said Trinidad was driving to see his ex-girlfriend, when Lima approached the car and got in a verbal argument with the victim.

That's when they said things turned violent.

Prosecutors said Trinidad tried to run, but he was no match against the gun.

“The defendant brandishes a small firearm, points it directly at Mr. Trinidad,” New Bedford Assistant District Attorney Robert DiGiantomaso said. “As he is running away, this defendant fires two shots, striking Mr. Trinidad in the back and in the side, killing Mr. Trinidad.”

Two make-shift memorials have been set up for Trinidad. His friends told NBC 10 that he was trying to turn his life around.

“He was trying to change his life, stay out of trouble," said Edwin Rosado, who said he was Trinidad’s friend.

But the trouble caught up to him Wednesday morning when he was shot and killed.

“Can't really say much about him,” said Rosado. “He's just a good kid.”

Court documents note that Lima's attorney filed a request to hire a private investigator, after prosecuting attorneys said they have video of the whole incident and they have two eye witnesses who identified Lima as the shooter.

Lima, who was held without bail, is expected to appear in court again in April.

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