DEDHAM — A couple awaiting a child have been charged as accessories after the fact of murder in connection with the July fatal shooting in Stoughton of Randolph’s 17-year-old Christian Vines.
Prosecutors say Tyleke Curry, 22, of Stoughton, and Alyssa Michelle Joyette, 19, of Brockton, both assisted the alleged gunman, 17-year-old Jaylen Isiah Wallace, of Stoughton, in the aftermath of Vines’ killing.
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Curry and Joyette, who were not charged in district court, were directly indicted by a grand jury in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham on Thursday. They were arrested Friday morning and pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon during their arraignments in superior court.
Wallace was also indicted Thursday on charges of murder, carrying a firearm without a license and armed assault with intent to rob, but his arraignment has not yet been scheduled in superior court. He’s currently being held without bail from his district court arraignment.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Blair requested that the judge hold Curry and Joyette on $75,000 bail.
Judge Rosemary Connolly set Curry’s bail at $2,500 with conditions he wear a GPS-monitoring bracelet and stay away from and have no contact with the victim’s family or Joyette if he posts bail.
Connolly released Joyette on personal recognizance with orders to stay away from and have no contact with the victim’s family or Curry.
The judge set a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for both defendants.
Prosecutors say Wallace was at Curry’s Stoughton home, at 121 Park St., before and after the July 21 murder.
The shooting was captured on the Stoughton Public Library’s cameras, prosecutors said. Shortly before the murder, prosecutors said Wallace and a second juvenile, who has not been publicly identified, left Curry’s Park Street home across from the library and walked across the street to the Walnut Park Condominiums complex on Jones Terrace.
Blair said during Wallace’s district court arraignment that videos show Wallace attempting to open a rear door of Vines’ car that was locked, before walking to the driver’s side window and shooting Vines once in the chest.
Prosecutors said Vines had driven to Stoughton to sell marijuana and the drugs were found at the scene, along with Vines’ cellphone.
The surveillance video captured Wallace and the juvenile running away and returning to Curry’s home, where Wallace changed his clothes and left the home again, prosecutors said.
Blair said Friday that Curry, in the immediate days after the murder, Googled how long fingerprints remain on a firearm and what evidence it takes to be convicted of murder.
Prosecutors say Joyette helped in disposing of the alleged murder weapon in Brockton.
But Joyette’s attorney, Brian Kelley, denies that his client was involved. Kelley said he and Curry’s attorney, Edward Swan, “went in completely blind” to Friday’s arraignment because their clients were directly indicted.
“When you present a case to the district court in a criminal complaint, you get a police report and a battery of information that contains an affidavit,” Kelley said. “We didn’t get any of that.”
Kelley said the prosecutor’s case is “pretty thin.” He said Joyette provided statements to police and testified to the grand jury.
“She denied being involved in any way and knowing anything about it really,” Kelley said.
Although Curry and Joyette were ordered to stay away from each other, they are expecting a child in late-December. Kelley plans to petition to the judge to allow contact at that time, even under supervision of family members.
They are both due back in superior court on Jan. 20 for a pre-trial conference.
Senior reporter Cody Shepard can be reached by email at [email protected]. You can follow him on Twitter at @cshepard_ENT. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.