No verdict reached in multiple armed robbery case

Thursday November 22, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The jury is out in the armed robbery trial of a city man accused of a string of holdups in 2011.

A jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court on the charges against 28-year-old Raheem Garrett.

According to a note sent out by the jury and read by Judge John A. Agostini, the jury had only decided on three of the 11 charges against Garrett as of Wednesday afternoon. The jury was released for the day at 3 p.m. by the judge. The panel won’t reconvene until Monday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Garrett is accused of a string of armed robberies of several city convenience stores, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Domino’s pizzeria between August and November 2011.

Garrett’s codefendant and former girlfriend, 22-year-old Laura Methe, took the stand against Garrett on Tuesday and told the jury of the couple’s alleged crime spree.

During final summations on Wednesday, First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul A. Caccaviello, told the jury that Methe’s testimony in tandem with DNA and other evidence proved Garrett was the masked man who robbed the stores.

He said police, while giving chase to the couple on Nov. 22, 2011 -- just after the second robbery of Domino’s -- saw a BB pistol, mask and gloves being tossed out of the SUV that Methe was driving and Garrett was a passenger in and that police recovered money taken in the robbery from the vehicle.

Garrett’s lawyer, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., said no witness positively identified the robber as Garrett and that their descriptions of the gunman differed.

Donohue said Methe’s testimony wasn’t to be believed since she was only trying to get a plea deal for herself.


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