Devante Fernandes Indicted On Murder Charges In Superior Court
By: Michael C. Bailey
The man responsible for a major manhunt in April has been indicted in Barnstable Superior Court on multiple felony charges.
Devante M. Fernandes, 18, of Broken Bow Lane, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, and possession of a firearm without an FID card. The indictment was handed down on June 29.
Mr. Fernandes has been in custody since his arrest, and will remain in custody until his arraignment on July 23.
Police and court records stated that on Thursday, April 12, Mr. Fernandes shot his stepfather, 40-year-old John J. Williams, multiple times in their Broken Bow Lane home before fleeing the scene along with a 16-year-old male suspect, who is facing a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The status of the juvenile’s case is not available due to his age.
Police reports stated that after Mr. Fernandes was called home by his mother, who had allegedly been assaulted by Mr. Williams, Mr. Fernandes and the juvenile suspect sneaked into the home, went upstairs to Mr. Fernandes’s bedroom, and took the .20-caliber rifle Mr. Fernandes allegedly used to shoot Mr. Williams.
Mr. Williams was transported to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he died two days later.
Falmouth and Mashpee police, along with the Massachusetts State Police and Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an extensive search of the Teaticket and central Falmouth areas before apprehending Mr. Fernandes at a Gifford Street home that same day.
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The juvenile was arrested at his Homestead Lane, Teaticket, home. Three other people were arrested on Gifford Street along with Mr. Fernandes, but police later determined they were not involved with the alleged shooting and dropped the charges against them.
Robert W. Nolan, the attorney who is representing Mr. Fernandes, has called the incident a case of self-defense. Mr. Nolan told the Enterprise in April, following his client’s arraignment in Falmouth District Court, that Mr. Williams had a history of physically abusing his wife—Mr. Fernandes’s mother.
Mr. Williams’s name does not appear at all in police activity logs in the Enterprise archives going back to 1996, but Mr. Nolan said he found records of several protective orders taken out during the late 1990s through early 2000s by Mr. Williams’s wife.
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