Second suspect charged in Hyannis murder

Robbery motive suspected by District Attorney's Office
A member of the Barnstable Police Department leads a handcuffed Robert Upton into Barnstable District Court Friday morning. Still from David G. Curran video.

manoloulesChristopher Manoloules in court Thursday.

BARNSTABLE - Friday morning, Barnstable Police escorted Robert Upton, 45, of Ipswich, MA into Barnstable District Court.  Mr. Upton is the second suspect charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in the death of Aris Manoloules. Upton was Manoloules' brother-in-law.

The victim's 17-year-old nephew Christopher Manoloules was arrested and arraigned yesterday in Barnstable District Court.  Manoloules, a senior at Algonquin Regional High School in Northboro, pleaded not guilty to murdering his uncle.

According to the Barnstable District Attorney's Office, Aris Manoloules received four gun shots to the head and torso. The Globe reports that DA O'Keefe said robbery seems the apparent motive.

See the original story here.  We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Photos by David G. Curran.

Official release from the District Attorney's Office

October 2, 2009

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe
First Assistant District Attorney Brian S. Glenny
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Trudeau

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald announced today that Robert Upton, (dob: 9/5/64) of 11 Bushhill Road, Ipswich, was arraigned and charged with Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery in the death of his brother-in-law, Aris E. Manoloules. Also arrested and arraigned yesterday was Christopher Manoloules, age 17.

The deceased was found by the police after the brother of the deceased and father of Christopher Manoloules called to request a well-being check at the Ripple Cove Road house.

An autopsy was conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston yesterday. The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

Barnstable Police and State Police Detectives assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's office conducted the investigation, aided by Crime Scene Services and Ballistics experts from the State Police.

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