Lowell man guilty in 2002 murders of Billerica brothers

Full story: Lowell Sun 66
Seven years of waiting for justice streamed down David Harris' face -- tears of relief as a jury yesterday convicted Rene Ramos of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2002 slayings of Harris' nephews, brothers Paul and Michael Donovan. Full Story
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Randolph, MA

#63 Jul 6, 2009
First I want to say, my heart goes out to both families involved, itís very sad to see such a tragedy affect two families and I can't imagine the pain their going through. A tragedy which we all want to see justice served on.
I don't know either family and have no personal connection to the case. All the information I have is from reading reports from newspaper and Internet.
From following this case and reviewing the facts their seems to be more questions now than answers. These questions coupled with the fact that this case has turned into a witch hunt, really, really, reeks of injustice.

A list of questions in sequential order.

First question: The first detective on the scene, in light of his conviction last week now has credibility issues. He as the first one at the scene and tried to revive the victims, but in the heat of it was the crime scene fully and properly closed and investigated? Is their any evidence which puts Mr. Ramos in the Donovan brotherís vehicle or at the crime scene?

Second question: The murder weapon was never found but then a Superior Court judge ruled even if it was found it was inadmissible because of faulty search procedures. Even if it was found in Billerica storage shed, does a murderer really keep the murder weapon?

Third Question: The cell phone towers. Donít we all use cell phone towers and does a murderer who is about to commit a hit man style execution call his victims before killing them?

And How many cell phone towers do we have that police can pinpoint the location of any person at one time. Weird.

Then theirs the 16k motive for murder. The Donovans were suppliers, and Mr Ramos was a pusher. From knowing the streets, why would Ramos kill his bread and butter. Why would a pusher need to take 16k worth of weed when he could have been fronted a pound, sold it and come back and bought more? Greed? Maybe. But Ramos would still need to sell the drugs on the street, and now his supplier is gone.

These question coupled together comes down to one final question, did the prosecution prove beyond a doubt that Mr. Ramos pulled the trigger? Yes or No?
And do you think theirs enough evidence for a jury of his peers to convict him? Yes or No?

To review, from the evidence and following the case, I would have to say no. The case basically became a "he said" case where it becomes three people with other agendas fingering a third person. Furthermore, none of the so called witnesses were at the scene so how can they finger Mr. Ramos. One of the witnesses even perjured himself on the stand. From what I've read, the prosecution only proved a relationship between Ramos and the Donavanís. Knowing someone is not proof of murder.

Itís apparent none of these boys are/were angels and all had some activity or knowledge of illegal activity in their lives. From following this case, seems the witch hunt for justice has completely jaded the facts. We as taxpayers should be outraged as to how our Judicial System handled this case. Its been seven years and all they have is the word of three drug users who werenít even at the scene. They canít put the accused at the scene, they canít put murder weapon in the accused hands, and he was convicted because of a $16k motive. This is so sad for all the parties involved. But itís ok cause he was convicted by a jury of his peers. Whereís the Justice?

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#65 Jul 6, 2009
I am so happy this "animal" was given life. He is clearly a cold heart killer. To think animlas like this walk our streets where are children play is horrifying. I am so sorry for the Donahue and Harris families loss. The nightmare they must have to live with each day is unthinkable. I commend them all for making our streets safer by bringing this animal to justice. to think our tax money will now help feed him .....whats wrong with this world...who is he to decide he can take the lives of others.....after his life sentence I hope he burns in hell.

United States

#66 Jul 6, 2009
overwhelmed wrote:
2 bad we lost a good drug dealer,,wonder were imma get my marijuana @ now.
You're obviously heading down the wrong road as well....

Gardner, MA

#67 Jul 7, 2009
amazed and confused wrote:
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I totally agree pjkids,,,they had nobody 2 stick it to,,,FREE RENE RAMOS
...if it looks like a duck...and quacks like a duck....its a duck! Now change the "u"'s to "i"'s.

Waltham, MA

#68 Jul 7, 2009
amazed and confused wrote:
its amazing how a well known drug dealer and his co-conspiriter get killed and the town is upset,why cause no more good weed in the town or cause mommy cant live off her son's earnings,,
The case was weak from the begining and the whole world knows it,they had nobody to stick it to and poor Ramos got it for free,,,"FREE RENE' RAMOS",
If you call this justice your wrong,,He will get this overturned on an appeal an then what ? Find somebody else to stick it too!!
I never owned a cell phone so I guess im scott free from this 1 ,,,lmaoo
what a joke this system has turned out to be,what happened to beyond the reasnoble doubt!!!!
Are you serious? Obviously dealing drugs is wrong. But weed isn't a drug that is well-known to harm or kill someone. It's not like we were dealing with coke or heroin. Keep your comments to yourself. It's funny how you are sticking up for a drug dealer AND a murderer. You kind of contradicted your first statement, don't ya think?

Billerica, MA

#69 Feb 11, 2014
the pos ramos is where he belongs

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