The younger sister of a man wanted for a Charlestown murder allegedly made intimidating phone calls and sent Facebook messages to potential witnesses in an effort to derail the case, authorities said.
Jelaine Flores, 18, of Charlestown, pleaded not guilty to witness intimidation and other charges Wednesday and was ordered held on $3,500 cash bail.
Flores' brother, Pablo Flores, Jr., 20, is wanted for the murder of Steven Jones earlier this month. Jones was found shot May 7 near Monument Avenue and Medford Street.
In the days following the shooting death, Flores allegedly contacted potential witnesses and threatened bodily harm, authorities said. She called one potential witnesses and sent a Facebook message to the other in which she called the person a "snitch."
"If you threaten a witness to stymie an investigation, we're going to charge you," said Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley. "It's that simple. No one should be threatened, insulted, intimidated, or coerced because of what they know."
Anyone with information on Jones' murder or on the location of Pablo Flores can contact police at 617-343-4470.
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