NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford man was in court Monday to face a murder charge in connection with a recent homicide in the city.
Jason Valliere, 36, of Fredericks Street, turned himself in to New Bedford police Friday night after a warrant was put out for his arrest. He was initially charged as an accessory to murder, but the office of Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn announced Monday that the charge was upgraded to murder.
According to police, Valliere is accused of shooting Javon Brown outside the MetroPCS store on Coggeshall Street at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Brown, 36, of Dartmouth, was pronounced dead soon after at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Quinn said investigators were able to obtain a warrant for Valliere’s arrest just 12 hours after the shooting occurred. A motive for the violence has not been revealed.
“The fact that this homicide was solved so quickly is a testament to the team work displayed by prosecutors from my office, New Bedford Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police Detectives from my office. The great working relationships this office has forged with local police departments is a major reason for the high homicide-solve rate we have all seen during recent years,” District Attorney Quinn. “I want to commend all the investigators in this case for their hard work around the clock to quickly bring charges in this case. The public has a basic human right to feel safe in their homes, at their work places and in the community, and my office will continue to work tirelessly to make sure anyone who violates our citizens’ public safety with a brazen act of violence like this will be apprehended as quickly as possible.”
Anyone who was in the area and may have seen anything related to the shooting is asked to contact city detectives at (508) 991-6300 or leave an anonymous tip at (508) 961-4584. Witnesses can also text a tip by texting the phrase CALL50 to 274637 or by logging on to tipsubmit.com.