According to the Metrowest Daily News, Vandie Porter, a forty three year old man from Wayland, Massachusetts is being charged with Assault With Intent to Kill, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Threatening to Commit a Crime and Assault and Battery. It is reported that Porter and another man got into a fight at a gas station on Boston Post Road early yesterday morning. Before the police arrived Porter fled. He was located about two hours later at which time he was arrested. The complainant received only minor injuries. The case will initially be prosecuted in the Framingham District Court. If the district attorney intends to prosecute all of the current charges the case will be indicted and transferred to the Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.
Having been practicing Criminal Defense Law in Massachusetts for over twenty years it strikes me as somewhat strange that the charges in this case are so severe. The victim was barely hurt. I know that there is an allegation that a weapon was used however that it referred to only as a “sharp metallic object”. There is a suggestion that Porter and the other person knew each other. You would think that if the weapon were a knife are something similar that either the victim or a witness would be able to say so. These days gas stations and many other businesses have security cameras inside the establishment and in the area of the pumps and parking lots. It is quite possible that obtaining this tape, if it exists might be a significant piece of Porter’s defense. Often times these recordings are destroyed or lost with the passage of time. With that in mind it becomes imperative for defense lawyers to get Court Orders to access and preserve that material if there reason to believe that the video will be helpful with the defense of the accused.
Our office has been involved in the defense of people accused of committing crimes for over twenty years. Call us at 617-263-6800 to discuss your case or contact us online. The sooner you act the quicker your Massachusetts Defense Attorney will be able to access evidence that might result in our acquittal.