Universal Hub is reporting that the Supreme Judicial Court ruled to uphold the conviction of Timothy Kostka on first-degree murder of Barbara Coyne on East Seventh Street in South Boston back in 2012. In 2015, Kostka was sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On April 16th, 2012 – Marathon Monday – Barbara Coyne, 67, was found stabbed to death in her home in South Boston. It was home invasion and robbery that went wrong.
Prosecutors argued the 30-year-old Kostka broke into the victim’s home looking for things to steal things for his drug habit. When he was confronted by Coyne he beat her and slashed her throat. He stole lottery tickets, and cashed them for money to buy drugs. Kostka’s fingerprints were found on Coyne’s jewelry boxes and his DNA under her fingernails.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that any issues with lottery ticket evidence did not affect the outcome of the case. The court also didn’t find any issues with cell phone data that defense attorneys suggested actually placed Kostka in Quincy at the time of the murder.
You can read the details here on Universal Hub.