October 10, 2011
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont prosecutor is going to help the U.S. Attorney's office prosecute a man on drug charges stemming from a case that included the fatal shooting of a woman in Dummerston.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Perella says Windham County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Brown will assist in the prosecution of Frank Caraballo.
Twenty-9-year-old Caraballo of Holyoke, Mass., and 22-year-old Joshua Makhanda-Lopez of Springfield, Mass, are both being held without bail on federal drug charges.
Caraballo had been charged with second degree murder in the July shooting death of 31-year-old Melissa Barratt. Makhanda-Lopez is charged with being an accessory in the death of Barratt.
The Brattleboro Reformer says state charges were dropped, but state prosecutors say that if need be they can refile the murder charges.
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