NY man indicted on murder charge in shooting of Pittsfield man

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PITTSFIELD — A Berkshire County grand jury has handed down an indictment on a charge of murder in the shooting death of a city man last November.

Lance Burke, 40, of the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested on a warrant in New York on Nov. 20 and returned to the Berkshires for an arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in early December.

He was indicted on the charge Wednesday and is expected to be arraigned next week in Berkshire Superior Court, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

David Green Jr., 30, was shot in the neck around 9 a.m. Nov. 3 while sitting in a Nissan pickup truck near Spring and Willow streets. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he died a few days later. A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

"Our office is seeking justice for David Green Jr." Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement Wednesday. "I thank the Pittsfield Police Department for performing an investigation that spanned two states, First Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell for presenting the case and the grand jury for returning an indictment. We look forward to proceeding."

Burke remains held without the right to bail.

Green's aunt, Shirley Edgerton, remembered him as a happy, loving man who always supported his siblings in their educational and professional endeavors. He was the father of a 5-year-old boy.

A conviction of first-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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

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