Berkshire DA accuses 17-year-old Angel Nieves of murder in Adam’s deadly shootout of Springfield’s Benjamin Martinez

ADAMS – A 17-year-old boy is charged with adult murder in last week’s fatal shooting of a Springfield man in Adams.

Angel Rafael Nieves innocently pleaded a first degree murder charge in North Berkshire District Court on Monday afternoon. He is sentenced to be detained without bail and is due to return to court on April 28.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said she would take the case to the grand jury to seek a first degree murder indictment so that the trial can proceed in a higher court.

He is accused of shooting Benjamin Martinez, 34, on Thursday at 1 East Hoosac Street.

Martinez was shot in the back of the neck in an apartment on the third floor.

As a rule, anyone under the age of 18 is tried as a minor by a juvenile court and the identity of the accused is withheld from the press. Massachusetts law allows minors between the ages of 14 and 17 accused of murder to be tried as adults.

Nieves was arrested Friday night in Springfield.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Nieves was from the Springfield area.

Nieves and Martinez are related but the exact relationship is unclear.

The East Hoosac Street residence had been investigated by police for drug-related activity, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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