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December 2, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - TREVOR A. WATSON, 44, of Boston, was found guilty of attempted murder of a DEA informant, by a federal jury late this afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young. The case was previously tried before Judge Young in October 2010, but resulted in a hung jury.

The evidence at trial showed that on February 27, 2010, WATSON stabbed a DEA informant approximately 10 times outside of Ann’s Unisex Barbershop on Tremont Street in the South End of Boston. The informant survived the attack after emergency surgery at BMC to repair his damaged colon and intestine. While stabbing the informant, WATSON said, “you talking, huh? you telling.” According to testimony at trial, the DEA informant had provided information against WATSON in a federal cocaine trafficking investigation.

The evidence at trial also showed that WATSON was charged with the attempted murder of Boston Celtic Paul Pierce in 2002, but was acquitted by a jury after multiple eyewitnesses changed their testimony. WATSON attempted to get witnesses in this case, including the victim/DEA informant, to change their statements to help exonerate himself. The evidence showed that WATSON did this by writing letters, and making phone calls from prison to his associates. In those letters among other things, WATSON wrote, “I had introduced my lawyer to the fact that if the victim in my case was to sign an affidavit saying I’m not the guy who stabbed him, it was some Spanish guy about 30, which I am not either, I’ll be alright ...” and “The Paul Pierce case was the same way, but at trial he changed his statements and I got found not guilty of att. mur. (attempted murder).””

Judge Young scheduled sentencing for March 10, 2011. WATSON faces up to 30 years’ in prison.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Steve W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; and Joseph D. McDonald, Jr., Plymouth County Sheriff made the announcement today. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary R. Hafer and George W. Vien of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.


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