A 70-year-old Massachusetts man shot another 70-year-old man 10 times, killing him in the victim's Wareham home earlier this week over a love triangle with the arrested man's dead girlfriend, prosecutors allege.
John Wittey of Berkley was arraigned in Wareham District Court Friday on one count of murder in the shooting death of John Williams, who was found dead in his Glenn Charley Road home on Tuesday.
Investigators say they believe Wittey shot Williams 10 times in the head and back after allegedly learning the two men had been involved in what's described as something of a love triangle.
"His girlfriend of 25 years passed away in late January and he had recently discovered that she and the victim, unbeknownst to him prior, had been involved romantically," Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Joseph Janezic said.
It wasn't immediately clear if Wittey had an attorney.
Williams was a father, grandfather and long-time pilot who worked at the Salvation Army Family Store.
"He was a great guy, he was a guy that worked hard in the community that everybody knew, he was the guy that you'd kind of like to go out with and have a drink or so with him," District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.
Investigators says they were able to link Wittey to the crime through Beck's beer bottles found at the scene, as well as a GPS device allegedly showing he had driven to the victim's home.
"Preliminary forensics revealed the presence of human blood on interior portions of Mr. Wittey's vehicle and on Mr. Wittey's hands," Janezic said.
Cruz called this a brutal homicide with jealousy as the only motive.
"When you're a 70-year-old man, in your own home and you are completely taken down in your home and murdered in a vicious fashion like that, there's no excuse for that and we're going to make sure that he's held accountable," he said.
Wittey is being held without bail. He is due back in court March 14.