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Three NH men charged in fatal shooting in Massachusetts

Staff report
February 11. 2014 7:12PM

Three New Hampshire men are among five people charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Lowell, Mass., man on Dec. 18.

The five were charged during a coordinated series of arrests last weekend. Each was charged with felony home invasion and armed assault with intent to rob in connection with the death of Christiano Diaz-Arias, 44, of Lowell, a spokesman for Middlesex County (Mass.) District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said Tuesday.

The investigation into the murder continues and charges could be upgraded, spokesman MaryBeth Long said.

Jonathan Rivera, 23, and Donte Okowuga, 34 were arrested in Lowell over the weekend. The Lowell Sun newspaper said Rivera lives in Nashua and Okowuga lives in Merrimack.

Both men pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in Lowell District Court Monday.

Okowuga was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail with a preliminary hearing set for March 6. Rivera is being held on $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for March. 5.

Police arrested Roberto Lopez-Ortiz, 32, of Nashua in Nashua on Sunday. He was arraigned in Nashua District Court on a fugitive from justice charge. He is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing on Feb. 20.

Police lodged a warrant against co-defendant Kent Grays, 42, who was being held in custody on an unrelated charge. The fifth defendant, Tarrane Tillis, 35, was arrested in Utica, N.Y. He is believed to have waived extradition and will be returned to Massachusetts to face charges.The Lowell Sun reports Grays and Tillis live in Lowell.

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