The two men charged with the fatal shooting and stabbing of a Bourne man in April were secretly indicted July 1 and were arraigned at Barnstable Superior Court on July 18.
Court records show that a Barnstable County grand jury indicted Amonty T. Amado, 20, of West Wareham on 11 charges and Sonny J. Tavares, 25, of Algonquin Street in Buzzards Bay on nine charges in connection with the murder of Antone Gutierrez, 22, of Trowbridge Road.
Shortly before 9:40 PM April 14, police say, Mr. Amado stabbed and Mr. Tavares shot Mr. Gutierrez.
Police say the two men assaulted Mr. Gutierrez outside the All Seasons Inn on Trowbridge Road.
According to police, Mr. Gutierrez was in the process of selling heroin to a customer who had driven up in a vehicle when the two men attacked him.
A police officer found Mr. Gutierrez shortly thereafter collapsed in the westbound lane of Trowbridge Road. He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he died a few hours later, at 12:42 AM on April 15.
After the two individuals attacked Mr. Gutierrez, police say, they proceeded to enter his room at the inn, where they assaulted a woman who was present.
They then left the inn and joined the heroin customer in her vehicle. The trio drove off, traveling to Wareham, Dartmouth and New Bedford.
Within two days, police had arrested the two men and charged them with murder. They have since been held without bail at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne.
On July 1, the grand jury indicted both men on charges in connection with the murder and the subsequent room invasion.
Prosecutors needed the indictments to move the case from Falmouth District Court, where the two men initially were arraigned on the murder charge, to superior court, where serious crimes such as murder must be tried.
Each defendant is facing a life sentence in prison.
In motions seeking superior court warrants for the arrests of the two men, Brian S. Glenny, first assistant district attorney for the Cape and Islands, said the indictments were to be kept secret.
In the requested warrant for Mr. Amado and again for Mr. Tavares, Mr. Glenny said the need for secrecy was due to the following identical factors: the defendant’s prior record of criminal convictions, the seriousness of the offense, including murder and home invasion, and that the warrant would be kept at the correctional facility holding the defendant.
On July 1, Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo granted the warrants and allowed the respective requests to keep the indictments secret.
On July 18, Mr. Amado was arraigned on 11 charges. They are murder; fire-armed and masked robbery; fire-armed assault to murder; two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, in one case a firearm and in the second case a knife; possession of a firearm in commission of a felony; home invasion; burglary, fire-armed and assault; armed assault in a dwelling; assault and battery; and possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card.
That same day, Mr. Tavares was arraigned on nine charges, most of them identical to the charges lodged against Mr. Amado.
He was charged with murder; fire-armed and masked robbery; fire-armed assault to murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a firearm; home invasion; burglary, fire-armed and assault; assault and battery; and carrying a firearm without a license, second offense.
Both Mr. Tavares and Mr. Amado continue to be held without bail.