Rebecca Payne: Man indicted four years after murder of Northeastern student

Rebecca Payne

Two men were indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury over the weekend in connection with the murder of a Northeastern University student more than four years ago.

According to D.A. Daniel F. Conley’s office, Cornell Smith, 30, formerly of Boston, is being charged with first degree murder for the alleged shooting of Rebecca Payne in Mission Hill in 2008.

According to court reports, Smith is also being charged with armed assault in a dwelling and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The indictments also charge Michael Balba, of Billerica, with four counts of perjury for allegedly lying to a Suffolk County grand jury during the investigation into Payne’s death.

Boston Police homicide detectives arrested Balba over the weekend. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court today.

According to a release from the D.A.’s office, Payne, a Northeastern student from Connecticut, was found dead in her Parker Hill Avenue apartment on the morning of May 20, 2008.

She had been shot several times, according to police.

Residents had heard gunfire hours earlier but no one called 911, according to reports.

Conley did not provide details about the homicide or an alleged motive for Payne’s death, but said the victim did not know Smith.

“She was, in every sense, an innocent victim,” Conley said in a statement issued yesterday.

On the night of her murder in 2008, Payne had allegedly returned home from work at Legal Sea Foods and took a bus to Mission Hill before walking to her apartment.

According to reports, she was shot several times, including in the leg and chest.

After two years without answers, in 2010 police said in a statement they believed Payne was not the intended target. 

According to reports, Smith is currently serving a 12-year federal prison sentence out of state for an unrelated drug conviction.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.