Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Liev Sokolov stood before a judge in Lowell Wednesday.
Five days after the death of Dick Graves in Lowell, Sokolov has been charged with first degree murder and Essex County District Attorney Alvin Drake says the defamed lawyer could face more.
“Without a body, much of Mr. Sokolov’s story is still suspect,” Drake said, “He could still face charges of obstruction of justice or more. At the minimum, he’s the last person we’re aware of to see the victim alive.”
According to an interview with Sokolov conducted by Lowell Police, Sokolov claimed his vehicle had been attacked by a gangster he identified only as “The Dog.” He stated he fired two shots at the men who attacked his vehicle but was unable to stop them before he Graves was taken.
Drake said forensics only support parts or Sokolov’s story.
“One round matching Mr. Sokolov’s firearm was found in the accused’s vehicle,” he said. “Mr. Sokolov’s story does not support the locating of this blood covered bullet.”
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Townshend declined to comment for the story and only stated that Sokolov has been removed from his position as Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County.
Investigations into Sokolov’s recent activities point to uncharacteristic impulsiveness. In a police report filed by Boston Police Department Detective Allen Legrasse, Sokolov reportedly attempted to break into a suspect’s apartment in late November. A separate report filed by Boston Police Department Chief Charlie McCreery stated Sokolov shot a suspect fleeing his home during a police search the ADA was called into. The suspect survived the shooting and died in jail five days later.
Sokolov declined to comment for the story but plead not guilty at a pretrial Wednesday. He’s been given a public defender in the impending case. Drake said it was likely the case would go to a jury trial.