WORCESTER — One of the surviving victims of a deadly 2012 home invasion on Lovell Street identified Noel Inoa in court Wednesday as one of her assailants.
Inoa, 34, formerly of 53 Suffolk St., Apt. 3, is alleged to have murdered Javier Maldonado-Berrios and seriously injured Samantha Lester and Maldonado-Berrios’ wife, Yannette Rivera, in the May 12, 2012, home invasion in a first-floor apartment at 326 Lovell St. On trial in Worcester Superior Court, Inoa has pleaded not guilty to murder, home invasion, armed robbery and multiple assault charges.
Rivera, now 43, made an in-court identification of Inoa Wednesday after being called to the witness stand by Assistant District Attorney Thomas E. Landry.
Maldonado-Berrios, 32, died as a result of ligature strangulation. Lester, 18 at the time, was found by police and emergency medical personnel with a 10-inch knife protruding from her neck. Rivera suffered skull fractures after being struck in the head with a dumbbell, according to prosecutors, who said all three victims were bound and gagged.
The assailants allegedly stole jewelry and money from Maldonado-Berrios.
A co-defendant in the case, Jose Marrero-Rodriguez, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the prosecution and is expected to testify against Inoa in exchange for a reduced sentence.
A tearful Rivera, wiping her eyes with a tissue at various times during her testimony, said under direct-examination that one of her attackers appeared to be Dominican and the other appeared to be Puerto Rican.When asked by Landry if she saw the Dominican in the courtroom, Rivera pointed to […]