Key witness in '07 Winchester murder case dies

Eric Tsetsi

A key witness to the robbery and double shooting of a Winchester man on Oct. 24, 2007, died last month, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Bryan Barbaro, 49, formerly of Winchester, died July 14 at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.

He was the primary eyewitness in the case against Wally Jacques Simon, 31, of Medford, the man accused of murdering Christopher Barbaro, 50, in an early morning robbery on Irving Street. The two brothers were living together in a duplex at the time of the shooting.

How Barbaro’s death will affect the case against Simon is uncertain.

Corey Welford, a spokesman for Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office, confirmed that Barbaro was the prosecution’s primary witness in the shooting.

“But we continue to move forward with our case against Wally Jacques Simon,” he said. “Bryan was both a victim and a witness in our case. Our sympathies are obviously with the family who have lost both brothers in a year.”

According to a statement on file in Middlesex Superior Court, the two brothers were shot at close range after an intruder broke down the door to Chris’ apartment and stole an unidentified amount of cash.

Bryan Barbaro eventually recovered from a gunshot wound to the chest. Shortly after the shooting, police and law enforcement officials interviewed Bryan, who positively identified Simon as the shooter.

After being discharged from the hospital, Barbaro subsequently moved to Revere, where he later died. The cause of death was not immediately available.