2nd of 3 Ashley Reservoir shooting suspects indicted on 11 charges

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PITTSFIELD — The second of three suspects charged in the shooting that left a 19-year-old man critically injured in late August was arraigned Wednesday on nearly a dozen charges in Berkshire Superior Court.

Daquan Douglas, 24, of Pittsfield, will remain held on the same $10,000 bail, set for him in Hampden Superior Court last month.

One of his co-defendants, Kevin Nieves, 19, was arraigned Tuesday on his charges. The third defendant, Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, is expected to be arraigned today.

The three men are implicated in the shooting and assault of Nick Carnevale on Aug. 21 at a large gathering at the Ashley Reservoir. Carnavale survived but is still undergoing treatment at a Boston hospital for his injuries stemming from gunshot wounds to the head and face.

Douglas' attorney, Dale Bass, argued for a reduction of his client's bail from $10,000 down to $1,000 with conditions including house arrest and GPS monitoring. He argued there is a lack of witnesses identifying Douglas as having been involved.

In previous bail arguments, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano noted police had put out an alert after being notified of the shooting to be on the lookout for anyone who may have been involved. Berkshire Medical Center, aware of the alert, notified police when Douglas was admitted with an apparent stab wound.

A woman who accompanied Douglas to the hospital gave police dubious information about his whereabouts and how he was injured.

Bass said the bad information didn't come from Douglas, but from the woman who spoke to police. He also noted that it could take up to a year before the case goes to trial, and during that time Douglas would remain in custody unless he could post bail.

Judge John Agostini left the $10,000 bail in place, but left the door open for it to be reconsidered in the future. He noted there was a dangerousness hearing for Nieves next week and Delvalle-Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned today, and he wanted to be familiar with all three cases before deciding whether to reduce bail.

According to information aired in court, Carnevale and two friends went to a large gathering at the Ashley Reservoir in Washington. In the early the morning of Aug. 21, they tried to leave amid tension between Carnevale and Nieves.

Nieves reportedly used to date the woman accompanying Carnevale to the party, and had a difficult time moving past the breakup.

The group's truck was stuck in mud and couldn't pull away before a mob, some carrying sticks and branches, began attacking the truck and forced out Carnevale. Multiple shots were fired and the group scattered. Carnevale was shot three times, including in the head.

Douglas entered not guilty pleas to two counts each of kidnapping while armed with a firearm and assault and battery, and one count each of assault to murder while armed with a firearm; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury; carrying a firearm without a license; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise money for Carnevale's medical expenses. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly $38,000 of the $65,000 goal had been raised.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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