Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced today that John Burgos, Jr., 24, of 80 Morgan St., New Bedford, has been indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury for the previously unsolved 2005 murder of 31-year-old Dana Haywood in New Bedford.

On July 4, 2005, New Bedford Police received a call regarding a shooting on Russell Street, near the intersection of Acushnet Avenue. When state and local police arrived at the scene, Mr. Haywood was found shot to death on the street. An ensuing investigation revealed Mr. Haywood had been shot once in the head and once in the chest.

Mr. Burgos was indicted on a single count of murder. He will be arraigned on the charge in New Bedford Superior Court on a date yet to be determined.

Mr. Burgos is currently in custody on a drug and illegal gun case. He is also being held pursuant to a federal warrant.

One of District Attorney Sutter’s First Assistant, William McCauley, spearheaded the investigation into the previously unsolved murder of Mr. Haywood. McCauley heads up District Attorney Sutter’s Unsolved Homicides Unit and oversees all homicide investigations in Bristol County.

The nearly four year old homicide case was investigated recently by State Troopers Anthony Spencer, Anne Marie Robinson and Paul Dockrey, all of District Attorney Sutter’s State Police Unit. They were assisted in the investigation by New Bedford Police Detective Andy Simmons. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Dennis Collins, a member of District Attorney Sutter’s Homicide Unit.

District Attorney Sutter campaigned in 2006 on a promise to focus much more attention on the approximately 75 Bristol County unsolved homicides from 1991 through 2006 and some others from the 1970s and 1980s.

District Attorney Sutter, who often calls unsolved homicides an “open wound for victims’ families and the communities,” has made solving “cold cases” a priority at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

After the grand jury returned this indictment, District Attorney Sutter said: “Whenever we bring charges in a previously unsolved homicide case, I am especially gratified for the family members of the victim, because we have taken a huge step toward delivering some measure of justice for them. I am also pleased for our community because we are demonstrating, as I said I would during the campaign of 2006, that my office will be determined and relentless in its pursuit of murderers.”

Today’s announcement marks the seventh time during District Attorney Sutter’s first 30 months in office that he has announced new murder charges in previously unsolved homicide cases.

Those cases include:

--- Robert Roy was charged in October of 2007 with the March 1986 slaying of his estranged wife Marni Larkin-Roy in Dartmouth.

--- Fagbemi Miranda was charged in March of 2008 with the October 2005 shooting murder of Christopher Barros in New Bedford.

---Jermaine Holley was charged in June of 2007 with the April 2005 stabbing murder of Suzy Goulart in Fall River.

--- Derek Woollam was charged in March of 2007 with the July 2006 shooting murder of John Oliveira Jr. in Swansea. He has since been convicted of First Degree murder and is serving a life state prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

--- Shawn M. Hunt and Jonathan Michael Pittman were charged in January of 2009 with the November 2003 drive by shooting murder of Alberto “Tito” Gonzalez in New Bedford. A third man, Cory Hubbard, was also charged in January of 2009 with being an accessory to Mr. Gonzalez’s murder after the fact.

--- Derek Hunt was charged in March of 2009 with the May 2003 shooting murder of Joseph Downing in Dartmouth. A second man, Deutra Haith-Gamboa, was indicted in June 2009 on a charge of being an accessory to the Downing murder.

To continue the progress being made on solving previously unsolved homicides, District Attorney Sutter has also established an anonymous unsolved homicide tip line and a web site devoted to some of Bristol County’s unsolved homicides. Citizens can call the tip line by dialing 1-866-SOLVE-07. The unsolved homicide web site, which includes photos of the victims and a synopsis of their cases, can be found by logging on to www.bristolda.com/DA/Unsolved_Homicides.htm.