May 24, 2007

Judge Sets Bail for Men Accused in Fatal Shooting

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass.

May 24--LOWELL -- At 5 a.m. last Friday, Andre "Dre" Young's life came to a bloody end.

After a "confrontation" with Juan Carlos Felix and Eliezer Montanez in their 5 Warwick St. apartment, the 23-year-old Lowell man took two shotgun blasts to his body and was left to die, prosecutor Daniel Bennett said yesterday.

The man Young had driven to the apartment with, Paris Mitchell, 21, tried to flee in a car, but Felix, armed with the shotgun, and Montanez, with a .38-caliber pistol, went after him. Felix fired two shotgun blasts at Mitchell, hitting him once in the leg through the car door and the second shot shattered the windshield, Bennett said.

Within minutes of the shootings, Felix and Montanez jumped on a motorcycle and rode to 436 Adams St., where police, armed with a search warrant, found the shotgun and pistol hidden under a mattress.

"Both men made statements implicating themselves in the death of Andre Young and there is joint venture in the shooting of Mitchell," Bennett said.

Felix, 21, and Montanez,

20, were arraigned earlier this week on various assault charges, including armed assault with intent to murder and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for yesterday. Instead of a hearing, Bennett sought bail for the two men.

Lowell District Court Judge Nicolas D'Angelo yesterday set Montanez's bail at $50,000 cash on the assault case, but revoked his bail on a Superior Court gun case.

Bennett asked for $50,000 cash bail for Felix, noting that at the time of his arrest he was on default in another assault case and he had two other outstanding warrants.

In one case, he faces assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot). Felix allegedly stuck his fingers down the throat to stop a child from crying and when the mother intervened, he kicked her, Bennett said.

The second case it is alleged Felix used a taser on a pregnant woman, Bennett said.

Defense attorney Richard Ahern, representing Felix, said the murder case is still evolving.

"Based on what is known in this matter, my client has no direct responsibility for the death," he said.

Ahern argued that $50,000 cash bail is "way beyond my client," and asked for $5,000 cash bail.

D'Angelo set Felix's bail at a total of $30,000 cash or $300,000 surety.


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