Four suspects charged in murder of Cranston’s Kerry Mello
By Bianca Buono
After more than six months of investigating the death of 36–year–old Kerry Mello of Cranston, police have finally put the pieces together. The father of three was last seen on August 10th and days later, his body was found in pieces off the shore of Westport.
"A torso was located in Massachusetts waters near Westport. Two days later, two severed legs were discovered on a beach in Little Compton, Rhode Island,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin in a press conference Thursday.
Police say one of the suspects, Jamie Barriera, was an authorized caregiver growing marijuana and back in July, he had 30 pounds of the drug and more than $10,000 cash stolen from him.
"Mr. Mello was an associate of Mr. Barriera and was believed to be the culprit,” Kilmartin said.
For months, police issued a number of search warrants on homes resided by members of the Barriera family in Warwick, including properties on Louisiana Avenue, Stone Avenue and Shannon Drive.
"The result of the investigation by this team is that the murder occurred in the Barriera home in Warwick and the body was disposed of at sea,” Kilmartin said.
Now, 35–year–old Jamie Barriera, his father 61–year–old Albert Barriera, 36–year–old Francisco Concepcion and 39–year–old Greg Bustillo are all charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and mutilation of a human body.
"This is a particularly gruesome example of the violence that’s associated with illegal and legal trafficking of marijuana,” said Colonel Steven O’Donnell of Rhode Island State Police.
All four suspects are being held without bail. Their bail hearings are set for May 5th.
The attorney general said all four suspects knew Mello, but he wouldn’t elaborate on the specifics of their relationship
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