Suspect in 2014 slaying arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court


PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of firing the shot which led to the death of a Goshen man in 2014 was arraigned Monday in Superior Court on murder and weapons charges.

Laquan Johnson, 20, is accused of shooting Anthony Gamache, 29, in the leg during a botched robbery in the parking lot of the Big Y supermarket on West Street on Nov. 18, 2014.

Gamache was driven to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and then taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released.

The following evening, Gamache went into cardiac arrest at his home and was taken by EMTs back to Cooley Dickinson, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined Gamache died as the result of a blood clot caused by the bullet wound to his leg.

Johnson pleaded not guilty before Judge Daniel Ford to charges of second-degree murder, armed assault with intent to rob, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a firearm.

A second man implicated in Gamache's death, Peter J. Campbell, 19, was arraigned on the same murder and weapons charges in December 2014 and, while being held in custody awaiting trial, picked up an additional charge of witness intimidation that allegedly relates to the murder case.

Both men face life in prison if convicted on the murder charges.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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