Officer accused of lying in home shooting probe

Posted: 08/16/13 at 8:35 am EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A Medford police officer has been charged with trying to cover up an alleged drug deal that led to a slaying at his Stoneham home.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said 53-year-old Miguel Lopez was indicted Thursday on two counts of witness intimidation. Ryan said he's accused of lying to investigators and removing evidence from his home.

She said a 28-year-old man who lives at the home allegedly arranged to sell drugs to two men July 2. Ryan said the men robbed and shot the 28-year-old and killed his innocent visiting friend, 27-year-old Joseph Puopolo.

Ryan said 24-year-old Jessie Williams of Medford and 19-year-old Eugene Tate of Malden also were indicted Thursday on charges including murder. They pleaded not guilty earlier.

A telephone listing for Lopez couldn't be found. It's not known if he has a lawyer.

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