LOWELL, Mass. — Two teenagers pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in Lowell District Court Thursday for the September fatal shooting death of Adrian Kimborowicz of Dracut.
Christian LeMay, 19, of Dracut, already charged with armed assault in the case, and 16-year-old Braedyn Baraby of Lowell are now accused of first degree murder in Kimborowicz’s death. A prosecutor told the judge new evidence from a new witness led directly to the arrests.
Adrian Kimborowicz was fatally shot at about 4 a.m. on the corner of Sutherland and Barker streets in Lowell. Prosecutors allege LeMay and Baraby challenged Adrian to a fight, and when Adrian approached, the two teens opened fire on him.
The new witness, the prosecutor said, was in LeMay’s car.
“Information was developed recently that there was a third person present in the vehicle. It had been known to the commonwealth that there was a third person in the vehicle, but the identification of that person was not known until the last several days,” said prosecutor Clarence Brown.
But Lemay’s attorney told the judge the new witness is not a game-changer.
“There was never a question my client was at the scene, we never disputed that,” LeMay’s attorney, Steven Rappaport, said. “What we dispute is my client’s role at the scene, and the commonwealth’s evidence would indicate my client was not the shooter.”
The judge ordered both teens held without bail. After the arraignment, the victim’s mother said she is relieved to know justice is close.
“Nobody is winning here. There’s a lot of lives ruined,” Heidi Kimborowicz said.
The arrests come a week after Adrian’s mother told Boston 25 News that she was asking the Dracut School Department to reprint the Dracut High School yearbook because some students wrote messages supporting LeMay in their bios.
Outside district court, moments after LeMay was charged with first degree murder, Heidi Kimborowicz said she still has not heard from the Dracut School Department.
“The fact the Dracut Public School system doesn’t even want to call me or acknowledge that it was so wrong that they should reprint the yearbooks, it says a lot about them,” Kimborowicz said.
Lemay and Baraby were arrested in their homes Wednesday night and are due back in court on July 16.
Lemay had been previously charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, carrying a firearm without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
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