Two men indicted in unsolved 2008 double murder

Investigators at the scene of a double murder in Taunton in 2008.

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Two men have been indicted in a nearly nine-year-old cold case murder.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office announced Sunday that Keith Cox, 26, of Berkley, Mass. and Matthew Lander, 28, of Swansea, were both indicted in connection with the killings of two Taunton brothers in 2008.

Cox faces two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Fall River Superior Court. Lander faces two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery. His arraignment has yet to be scheduled.

The charges come nearly nine years after brothers Kevin and Shawn Vargas were found shot to death inside their Somerset Avenue apartment in Taunton in February of 2008. Kevin was 23 at the time, Shawn was 21 years old. Kevin’s 2- and 4-year-old sons were also found unharmed inside the apartment where the alleged murder took place.

State Police Trooper Christopher Dumont of the Bristol County District Attorney’s State Police Unit has been working on the investigation since the time of the crime.

“Although the case is eight-and-a-half years old, our office never gave up on pursuing every lead in this ongoing investigation,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a statement. “I would like to specifically acknowledge Trooper Christopher Dumont of my office’s state police unit for his perseverance and thank the victims’ family for their patience during the past eight-and-a-half years. I know it has been very difficult for them.”

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said the investigation into the homicide is active and ongoing.