Peabody Man Pleads Not Guilty in Home Invasion Murder

Peter Bin of Peabody pleaded not guilty in the killing of Quintin Koehler of Billerica, according to WCVB.

A Peabody man pleaded not guilty Thursday in a home invasion murder from this summer, according to WCVB.

Peter Bin, 25, of Bay State Road, Peabody had been arrested in October on charges in connection with the July 7 murder of Quintin Koehler, 22, of Billerica. Koehler was shot to death when at least three men entered his home in the middle of the night, intending to rob him, police say.

The Salem News reported in the fall that Bin was a junior at Salem State University and lived with his parents.

Adam Bradley and Jason Estabrook also pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including murder and are being held without bail.

A fourth man, Gabriel Arias of Lynn, pleaded not guilty to misleading a criminal proceeding and was ordered held on $20,000 bail, WCVB reported.

In October, Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone said his office would argue Bin was part of a plan with Estabrook and others to rob Koehler, believing there was marijuana and money inside the home. During an armed home invasion and a resulting struggle, Koehler was shot in the head.

For more on this case, please see WCVB's report.

Saber Walsh December 30, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Can you imagine the horror of somebody coming into your house during the night and attacking so quickly and so violently that you probably are never fully awake before you are killed? That's what's happening with many cases out there... and these scumbags come back to do it again, and again, and again. So here is the issue... if we want gun control, that's fine with me, as long as we can shore up the pathetic system we call criminal justice in this country and keep the scumbags who do such horrific crimes off the street. Instead of spending millions on the "war on drugs," we should focus get tough on users and be done with it -- it would be far cheaper to build the prison space we need to reduce the demand for drugs that it would be for us to try to fight well armed, extremely violent factions that are in our own neighborhoods. Anybody using any weapon of ANY sort in a crime, even a plastic butterknife, gets sent away for a long, long time. Murder becomes a true life sentence -- not the "oh, gee, we need to set them up for parole hearings and appeals so their attorneys can make their Lexus payments." So whomever did this, if it's these guys or they find someone else, should be sent away forever -- and not a Massachusetts forever of "life but lots of chances to get out," but "forever" as defined by Webster.


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