UPDATED: Framingham Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter in 2003 Death of Joseph McDaniel

Framingham Man, 35, was found guilty of manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm following a 15 day trial. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, June 27.

UPDATED at 11:37 p.m. with sentencing details.


Framingham man has been found guilty today of manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm for the 2003 death of Joseph McDaniel, 19, of Framingham, said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan in a press release on June 26.

Eric Murray, 35, of Framingham, was convicted by a Middlesex Superior Court jury of manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm for the October 7, 2003 shooting death of Joseph McDaniel following a 15 day trial.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Sandra Hamlin scheduled sentencing for tomorrow, Friday, June 27 at  11 a.m.

 “This defendant used a firearm that he illegally possessed to kill Mr. McDaniel and has now been held responsible for his actions,” District Attorney Ryan said.  “We hope that this verdict brings some closure for the friends and family of Joseph McDaniel and that they can finally begin the healing process.”   

On October 7, 2003, just after 9 p.m., Framingham Police responded to a report of shots fired on Kendall Street in downtown Framingham. 

Upon their arrival, officers learned that the victim had been shot several times following a brief altercation with the defendant.  The victim’s friends had transported him from the scene to the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.  Witnesses indicated that the defendant and another man had fled the scene following the shooting. 

State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Framingham Police immediately began an investigation to determine the circumstances of McDaniel’s death.  

The Office of the State Medical Examiner (ME) completed an autopsy of the victim and found the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and ruled the death a homicide.

   The investigation revealed that the victim and the defendant were known to one another and had had an argument earlier in the day.  That night, the defendant approached the victim as he stood outside with a group of people.  The men began to argue, and then the defendant fired multiple shots at the victim.  The gun used by the defendant in the shooting was recovered the following day in Rhode Island behind a home owned by a family member of a friend of the defendant.

 The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorney Nicole Allain and Assistant District Attorney Joe Gentile.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Kristin D’Agnelli.  The Paralegal is Jaime Lepizzera.


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