Man charged in Marshfield murder faces jury for second time

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Defense, prosecution make closing arguments in Marshfield murder case

Jan 15, 2020 at 2:49 PM

PLYMOUTH — Prosecutors on Wednesday launched their second effort to persuade jurors that a former Quincy lawyer is guilty of murder in the violent 2015 death of a retired Marshfield stockbroker.

Michael Moscaritolo is one of three men accused of taking part in the killing of Robert McKenna, a 45-year-old retired Marshfield man found dead in a pool of blood in his kitchen in September 2015. Moscaritolo was the first to go to trial and was found guilty in May of burglary, unarmed robbery, five counts of larceny of a firearm and other charges in connection with the robbery, but the jury could not come to a unanimous conclusion on the charge of murder after more than six days of deliberations.

Moscaritolo’s alleged accomplices, Mark O’Brien and James W. Ferguson, have since been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of being paroled. Jury selection in Moscaritolo’s second trial began Jan. 7 and opening arguments were heard Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Moscaritolo, O’Brien and Ferguson broke into McKenna’s home at 190 Damons Point Road to steal his collection of guns, African art and home-grown marijuana. They say McKenna was pushed through a window during the break-in, severing an artery in his arm, and was beaten over the head with a frying pan.

On Wednesday, Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Jessica Elumba outlined the evidence that she said would prove Moscaritolo was guilty. Elumba said Moscaritolo and his “crew” went to McKenna’s house, beat him […]

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