UPDATE: Officers Arrest Fugitive Suspect Wanted in Connection with 2016 Mattapan Murder


Early this morning, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, along with United States Marshals, arrested 29-year-old William Shakespeare for the June 14, 2016 murder of Marcus Hall inside a Mattapan barber shop. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office had secured a four-count indictment against Shakespeare late last year following an extensive presentation to the Suffolk County Grand Jury. Shakespeare was taken into custody in the Bronx, New York and will face extradition back to Boston in the coming days.

At about 12:20 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 1178 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. On arrival, officers located a male victim later identified as Marcus Hall, 31 of Dorchester, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Hall was pronounced deceased at the scene. Boston Police Homicide detectives and prosecutors from Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office worked tirelessly investigating and ultimately identifying Shakespeare as the suspect responsible for this brazen daytime murder. The investigation led authorities to believe that Shakespeare fled the state shortly after the murder to avoid capture.

After an eight month investigation, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and US Marshals, along with NYPD, located and arrested Shakespeare this morning without incident in the Bronx, New York. Shakespeare is being processed in New York awaiting extradition back to Boston. Upon his return, he will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of First-degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. 

“This investigation was marked by seamless collaboration by police and prosecutors,” District Attorney Conley said. “On the street and in the grand jury, their work set the stage for Mr. Hall’s loved ones to find justice in a Suffolk County courtroom. I’m grateful to them, to the New York Police Department, US Marshals, and every person – sworn and civilian – who helped us reach this point.”

“This arrest illustrates the commitment and extraordinary work of my investigators and officers. It sends a strong message that no matter where you run to, we will find you and we will arrest you,” said Commissioner Evans. “I pray that the news of this arrest brings some level of peace to the family of the victim, and I wish to thank my officers and all who helped locate and arrest this dangerous criminal.”