Two longtime friends have been accused of killing a suspected drug dealer, dismembering the body, and then “cooking” the remains at a Walpole concrete business.
Daniel P. Bradley, 47, of Westwood and his high school friend – Paul Moccia, 48, of Dedham – pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Wrentham District Court and were ordered held without bail.
The two men, who became friends while attending Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury decades ago, are accused of conspiring to kill Angel Antonio Ramirez, 37, on March 20 in Walpole, said Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Robert Nelson.
Nelson said that Moccia owed Ramirez $70,000 in an outstanding drug debt and decided that he was going to kill Ramirez, 37, instead of paying him. Nelson said Moccia sold kilos of cocaine he received from Ramirez, a Guatemalan immigrant who obtained his cocaine from the West Coast.
Nelson said Moccia lured Ramirez to Walpole, shot him once in the back with a .357-caliber revolver, and then he and Bradley moved Ramirez’s body to R.J. Bradley Co., a concrete business co-owned by Bradley.
Bradley then dismembered Ramirez’s body and took one more step to eliminate any trace of the Guatemalan man’s existence and his death, Nelson said.
Steven Boozang, Paul Moccia’s lawyer, told reporters that he has known Moccia, a Massachusetts Turnpike toll taker, for 25 years and is stunned that he is accused of being a major drug dealer…
He said that Moccia has two sons and a sick mother and that he works as much overtime at the Turnpike as he can and spends the rest of the time with his family.
Boozang said Moccia would not have enough time to be a drug dealer.
No details available yet on what they did with the bits and pieces after they cooked them. Or how they were seasoned.