UPDATE: Suspect in New Bedford double murder held without bail

Courtesy of Massachusetts State Police

By: Chloe Leshner



NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — One of Massachusetts most wanted fugitives who was on the run for months finally faced a judge today. He was charged in a double murder that happened back in October.

Carmelo Kercado was arrested in North Carolina last week after what the District Attorney calls execution style murders. Kercado finally in front of a judge today and arraigned in a double murder that happened on October 10th.

"A very violent individual was taken off the streets in a double premeditated homicide done execution style," says Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

Kercado allegedly drank with the two victims, Stephen Bodden and Fabio Tavares, at the Whiskey Lounge on Acushnet Avenue before the 3 left together. A few minutes later police responded to reports of gunshots and found a gold Honda crashed into a parked car on Central Avenue, Bodden and Tavares fatally injured in the front seats.

"Each individual was struck 5 times in the back of the head or the back," says ADA Robert DiGiantomaso.

Kercado was also a person of interest in a different homicide outside of the same bar in August. The Assistant District Attorney says the two could be connected since one of the victims, Bodden, posted a video online talking about the August killing.

"He basically vowed retribution to the person who had killed his friend so that would be the probable cause," says DiGiantomaso,

No word yet on whether anyone who was hiding Kercado in North Carolina will be charged.

The District Attorney proud of the group effort it took to arrest him.

"This is a great example of a number of law enforcement agencies working together to investigate and apprehend this dangerous individual," says Quinn.

Kercado is being held without bail and will be back in court on February 23.

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