Wednesday December 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A teenager wanted on a warrant and arrested over the weekend here is on his way to face murder charges in Springfield, after pleading not guilty on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court to marijuana charges.

Pittsfield Police arrested Larry "Smitty" Green, 19, of Ranney Street early Saturday morning at a Kent Avenue apartment while he was taking a shower. Police said they were there for a noise complaint when the woman who answered the door mouthed the words: "I need help," before ushering them in and handing them a note reading, "Larry Green is in here he has a warrant for murder and I don’t."

Police allegedly found about an ounce of marijuana packaged for sale in Green’s pants, along with a little more than $200 in cash, during his arrest. He allegedly admitted to police he was dealing drugs.

Green is wanted in connection with the Oct. 26 shooting death of Dwayne Kelly Jr., 19, of Spruce Street in Springfield, who was gunned down in front of a market at the corner of Eastern Avenue and King Street in Springfield, the Associated Press reported.

Kelly, who was born in Holyoke, died at Baystate Medical Center following the shooting, according to information from his obituary.

The defendant had been held on $1 million cash bail after his arrest at about 3 a.m. Saturday while awaiting arraignment here.

On Monday, Green appeared in Central Berkshire District Court and was given personal recognizance on a single count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to an agreement between the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office and Green’s attorney, Nathaniel Green.

He is being held without bail on the warrant and was transported to Springfield for his murder arraignment.

The warrant, which was issued Dec. 19, describes Green as armed and dangerous. Nothing in the Pittsfield probable cause report indicates that a gun was recovered at the time of his arrest.

He is scheduled to be back in Pittsfield for a pretrial hearing Feb. 28.