High Bail for Man Arrested with Firearm

BOSTON, Jan. 16, 2014—A Roxbury man arrested near the scene of a fatal shooting was held on high bail at his arraignment today, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

CEDRICK SLAYDEN (DOB 12/11/95) was arraigned this morning in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm.  At the request of Assistant District Attorney Michael Callahan, Judge James Coffey set bail in the amount of $50,000 and ordered Slayden to wear a GPS monitoring device, abide by a curfew, and stay away from Mattapan in the event that he is released on bail.  Coffey also granted Callahan’s motion to revoke Slayden’s open bail on a 2013 case out of Boston Municipal Court charging him with larceny from a person.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police officers responded to the area of 85 Esmond Street for a report of a fatal shooting.  Police broadcast the description of an individual seen running from Esmond Street onto Harvard Street.

Officers immediately located a man later identified as Slayden at the intersection of Harvard and Bicknell streets who matched the description and appeared to be breathing heavily and sweating despite the cool temperature.  As officers exited their marked cruiser, the Slayden quickened his pace as he made his way around the side of a Harvard Street building, prosecutors said.  He could be seen speaking on a cell phone and holding his hand in the front pocket of his sweatpants.

As he approached a fence that blocked his path, officers observed Slayden pull an object from his pocket and toss it into an adjacent yard, prosecutors said.  He then turned toward officers and was taken into custody.

On top of a wood pile in the area where Slayden allegedly tossed an object, officers located a black and silver Smith and Wesson 9 mm with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, prosecutors said.

At the time of his arrest yesterday, Slayden was already facing a larceny charge for allegedly stealing a man’s iPhone in the North End on May 29, 2013. Prosecutors recommended that he be held on $2,500 cash bail at his Boston Municipal Court arraignment the next day; bail of $1,000 was imposed.

Slayden is represented by Scott Lauer.  He will return to court on Feb. 3.




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