By Calvin Palmer
Two Massachusetts men allegedly killed a drug dealer to clear a debt, then dismembered his body and “cooked” the remains.
Daniel Bradley, 47, of Westwood, and Paul E. Moccia, 48, of Dedham, appeared at Wrentham District Court today and pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 37-year-old Guatemalan Angel Antonio Ramirez, of Framingham.
The two were ordered held without bail.
Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Robert Nelson said Mass Pike toll collector Moccia murdered Ramirez because he was unable to pay his $70,000 drug debt, and then enlisted his high school friend to help make the body disappear.
Ramirez, who was killed March 20, brought kilos of cocaine to Massachusetts from the West Coast and allegedly sold the drugs to Moccia, he said.
Bradley, an assistant football coach at Xaverian Brothers High School, was allegedly involved in the shooting and dismembering and disposed of Ramirez’ body at his cement business.
“The body was cooked,” Nelson said.
Nelson said investigators found blood spots inside Bradley’s concrete business, RJ Bradley Co. Inc., as well as blood on a pair of Bradley’s boots inside his Westwood home.
Police began investigating Ramirez’ disappearance after his girlfriend reported him missing March 24.
Defense attorneys say their clients are innocent and noted that prosecutors have not produced a body.