Two men who allegedly dragged 18-year-old Kemoni Miller next to their car during a robbery now face murder charges after the teenager died. Miller died at Boston Medical Center Wednesday morning after four days on life support.
Both men involved in the robbery, Kenneth Ford, 23, of Roxbury and Dejon Barnes, 18, of Dorchester were arrested by State police with assistance from Boston police last Sunday morning.
From the state police report:
Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that the two suspects were in a vehicle late Friday night and met the 18-year-old victim on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. The investigation indicates the supposed purpose of the meeting was to purchase a smart phone from the victim.
During the interaction between the two men in the car and the victim, who was on foot, the suspects hooked the victim’s arm in the car by closing the car window on the arm, and then drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the victim alongside the moving car for several city blocks.
Barnes and Ford were initially charged with unarmed robbery and held on $100,000 cash bail each at their arraignment. They will now face murder charges. They are expected to return to court on December 4th.
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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