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Charges in Nausauket homicide presented to Grand Jury


About two weeks after a homicide on Nausauket Road in Warwick, Det. Capt. Robert Nelson said Friday that the results of their investigation have been presented to a Grand Jury and they expect a response as early as this week.

Nelson is barred from offering details of a case before a Grand Jury but it appears that his detectives were confident there is enough evidence against Tony Gonzalez, 25, of Providence, to be tried for the death of 23-year-old Carl Cunningham of Warwick.

On Jan. 22, a few minutes after midnight Police and Fire Rescue responded to 433 Nausauket Rd. for a report of a shooting. They found Cunningham suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and transported him to Kent Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

On the following day, Maj. Raymond Gallucci said that Gonzalez went to the Nausauket Road residence looking for the current boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, that an altercation ensued and the victim, who was at the residence but was not the boyfriend, was fatally shot. Gallucci said the shooting was not gang related but that jealousy was definitely a factor in the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

Police got the name of the suspect and, with help from police in West Warwick, Providence and the Rhode Island State Police, they found the suspect in Providence.

Although there has been some speculation about whether or not Cunningham was the intended victim, Nelson said, without giving any particulars of the case, that it doesn’t matter as far as the charges are concerned.

“He went there with a gun, he shot someone and someone died,” said Nelson. “That’s murder.”

Gonzalez was arraigned on Jan. 23 and is being held without bail on murder and weapons charges.


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