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Massachusetts man indicted on new charges in murder of 23-year-old Bristol County man



A recently indicted murder defendant for a homicide which occurred this May in Mansfield was arraigned this week in Fall River Superior Court and ordered held without bail, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

22-year-old William O’Brien, formerly of Manchester-By-The-Sea, was indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury on August 17th on charges of Murder, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

On May 20, 2023, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call at 11:11 a.m. reporting a shooting at 42 West Church Street. When first responders arrived on scene, they located 23-year-old Samuel P. Waters of Mansfield, who was already deceased.

The defendant was arrested shortly after police arrived on scene.

According to NBC10 Boston, prosecutors allege that O’Brien was found in the street with body armor and apologized for killing Waters. Witnesses also reported seeing O’Brien shoot Waters.

On Tuesday of this week, he was formally arraigned on the new indictments in Fall River Superior Court. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on November 1. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick Driscoll.

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