Man Named William Shakespeare Charged in Mattapan Barbershop Murder

The alleged gunman is being held without bail.


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A man named William Shakespeare has been charged in the 2016 murder of 31-year-old Marcus Hall at a Mattapan barbershop.

Shakespeare, 29, of Dedham, was arraigned Tuesday 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. He is currently being held without bail.

Assistant District Attorney Craig Iannini said Hall, 31, of Dorchester, brought a young relative to the barbershop on Blue Hill Avenue on June 14. Security camera footage from inside the barbershop showed Hall and another man engaged in a verbal argument before exiting together through a back door to the parking lot, prosecutors said.

After a brief struggle, witnesses heard gunshots from the parking lot, and later found Hall on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, prosecutors said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities identified Shakespeare as the suspect, and believed he had fled the state to avoid capture, police said.

On January 31, eight months after Hall’s death, Shakespeare was arrested in the Bronx by officers from BPD, NYPD, and U.S. Marshals, after Suffolk prosecutors determined he allegedly had family members in New York. He was extradited back to Massachusetts to stand trial.

“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,” BPD Commissioner Bill Evans said in a release last month. “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.”

Shakespeare will appear again in court March 21.