Murder charges filed in Winchester case

Eric Tsetsi

Almost two months after the deadly double shooting that rocked Winchester, the only man arrested in connection to the incident has been charged with first-degree murder.

Wally Jacques Simon, 30, of Medford was arrested shortly after the home invasion Oct. 24 that left Christopher Barbaro, 50, of 70 Irving St. dead and his brother Bryan Barbaro, 48, of the same address, severely injured.

Simon was charged in Woburn District Court with home invasion with a firearm and armed assault with the intent to murder. The first-degree murder charge is in addition to his other charges and will be prosecuted in Cambridge Superior Court. The arraignment was set for 2 p.m. Monday.

District Attorney Gerry Leone made the announcement after a Middlesex Grand Jury handed down an indictment.

“We allege that the defendant, who knew his victims, entered their home and shot both brothers, mortally wounding Christopher Barbaro,” Leone stated in a press release. “Gun violence knows no borders and this is another example of how the use of illegal weapons continues to tragically impact families and communities across our state.”

According to authorities, at about 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, Winchester Police responded to 70 Irving St. where they found Chris Barbaro with “apparent gunshot wounds” and Bryan Barbaro with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Chris was taken to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he was pronounced dead.

Bryan was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he recovered from his injuries and has since been discharged.

According to the press release issued by Leone, further investigation including witness statements and ballistic evidence prompted the subsequent murder charge.

“It is alleged that Simon entered the second floor apartment and shot Christopher Barbaro while also stealing money from the apartment,” states the release. Relatives have speculated that the intended bounty may have been a valuable antique coin collection.

Bryan Barbaro who was on the third floor at the time, heard a loud noise and came downstairs to check on his brother when he was shot, according to the DA’s press release.

Assistant District Attorney Nathaniel Yeager is prosecuting Simon for the charges in both Woburn District Court and Cambridge Superior Court.

Eric Tsetsi can be reached at 781-674-7731 or etsetsi@cnc.com.

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