Arrest Made in New Bedford Cold Murder Case

2006 homicide victim Antonio Semedo.

A nearly 4-year-old homicide case was revived with the recent arrest of a 28-year-old New Bedford man. ABC6 has more from the Bristol County DA's office…

 

District Attorney Sam Sutter today announced his office has brought criminal charges in connection to the June 2006 shooting homicide of 35-year-old Antonio Semedo.

After an extensive investigation into the June 18, 2006 slaying, state and local police yesterday arrested Reggie Greene, 28, of New Bedford, and charged him with murder and accessory to murder before the fact.

This is the ninth time District Attorney Sutter's Cold Case Unit brought new murder charges in a previously unsolved homicide from a previous administration since he took office three-and-a-half years ago.

Mr. Greene was arrested without incident Saturday afternoon at the New Bedford Police Station, after being brought there for questioning by lead investigators State Trooper Ann Marie Robertson of District Attorney Sutter's State Police Unit and Andrew Simmons of the New Bedford Police Department.

Mr. Greene is being held in jail this weekend and will be formally arraigned Monday morning in New Bedford District Court.

Mr. Semedo, of New Bedford, was found shot to death inside his car on the off ramp from Route 18 northbound to South Second Street around 3:15 a.m. on the morning of June 18, 2006.

Because of the ongoing nature of the homicide investigation, no further information about the facts of the case will be released this evening.

The investigation into the four-year-old cold case homicide was spearheaded by District Attorney Sutter's Co-First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley.  Mr. McCauley heads up District Attorney Sutter's Cold Case Unit and oversees all homicide investigations in Bristol County.

District Attorney Sutter campaigned in 2006 on a promise to focus much more attention on Bristol County's approximately 80 unsolved homicides from 1991 through 2006 and some others from the 1970s and 1980s.

“For the family of Mr. Antonio Semedo, I am very pleased that with this arrest we are on the road toward obtaining for them a measure of justice for this brutal and senseless slaying in 2006,” District Attorney Sutter said.  “And with respect to my Cold Case Unit; their insight, skill and tenacity has led to charges being brought in another previously unsolved homicide.  They are in the midst of creating a legendary success story.”

District Attorney Sutter, who often calls unsolved homicides an “open wound” for victims' families and the communities, has made solving “cold cases” a priority at the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

During his first three-and-a-half years in office, Sutter's Cold Case Unit has now brought charges in nine previously unsolved homicides from prior administrations. Two of those seven cases have now gone to trial, both of which resulted in first-degree murder convictions.

The eight other Cold Cases solved during District Attorney Sutter's first 3 ½ years in office include:

— Robert Roy was charged in October of 2007 with the March 1986 slaying of his estranged wife Marni Larkin-Roy in Dartmouth. He has since been convicted of First Degree murder and is serving a life state prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

— Fagbemi Miranda was charged in March of 2008 with the October 2005 shooting murder of Christopher Barros in New Bedford.

—Jermaine Holley was charged in June of 2007 with the April 2005 stabbing murder of Suzy Goulart in Fall River.

— Derek Woollam was charged in March of 2007 with the July 2006 shooting murder of John Oliveira Jr. in Swansea. He has since been convicted of First Degree murder and is serving a life state prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

— Shawn M. Hunt and Jonathan Michael Pittman were charged in January of 2009 with the November 2003 drive by shooting murder of Alberto “Tito” Gonzalez in New Bedford. A third man, Cory Hubbard, was also charged in January of 2009 with being an accessory to Mr. Gonzalez's murder after the fact.

— Derek Hunt was charged in March of 2009 with the May 2003 shooting murder of Joseph Downing in Dartmouth. A second man, Deutra Haith-Gamboa, was indicted in June 2009 on a charge of being an accessory to the Downing murder.

— John Burgos Jr. was charged in June of 2009 with the July 2005 shooting murder of Dana Haywood in New Bedford.

 — Louis Bizarro was charged in April of 2010 with the December 2002 shooting murder of Albert “Rocky” Lopes in New Bedford.

To continue the progress being made on solving previously unsolved homicides, District Attorney Sutter has also established an anonymous unsolved homicide tip line and a web site devoted to some of Bristol County's unsolved homicides. Citizens can call the tip line by dialing 1-866-SOLVE-07. The unsolved homicide web site, which includes photos of the victims and a synopsis of their cases, can be found by logging on to www.bristolda.com/DA/Unsolved_Homicides.htm