Alleged Gunman Held in Tremont Street Homicide

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2012—The man who allegedly gunned down 22-year-old DeAndre Russ was out on bail for an earlier gun arrest at Ashmont Station, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

DANIEL YARDE (D.O.B. 9/16/90) of Dorchester was arraigned today on a murder charge stemming from Russ’ shooting death outside a Tremont Street apartment building late last month. Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins recommended that he be held without bail on that case and that his open bail on a 2010 gun case be revoked. Roxbury District Court Judge Shannon Frison granted both requests.

Higgins told the court that Yarde and a group of friends attended an after-hours party at an apartment on Tremont Street in the early morning hours of Oct. 28. Also attending that party was the victim. Shortly after 3:00 a.m., Higgins said, Yarde was seen leaving the party and taking an elevator to the building’s ground level. Also in that elevator was Russ.

Outside the building, prosecutors say, Russ and Yarde became involved in a brief altercation. Russ then sustained multiple gunshot wounds from close range that soon claimed his life at Boston Medical Center. Video surveillance shows Yarde fleeing the scene immediately after with a gun in his hand.

Yarde was identified through the use of video surveillance, witness interviews, and additional evidence developed by Boston Police homicide detectives. He was arrested this morning.

Yarde was arrested at Ashmont Station in 2010 after trying to enter without paying his fare. When approached by MBTA Transit Police, he allegedly became so nervous and erratic that officers pat-frisked him and recovered a handgun. Yarde ran from the scene but was apprehended a short time later. Suffolk prosecutors recommended $15,000 cash bail at his Nov. 5, 2010, arraignment; a Dorchester District Court judge imposed $5,000.

Jennifer Sears is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Yarde is represented by attorney Liam Scully.


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