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Kevin Harkins, age 36, of Worcester

December 28, 2015

Feb. 15, 1994, unknown cause.

Mr. Harkins, a popular local athlete, was called from Suney’s Pub on Chandler Street about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 1994 and never heard from again.

According to trial testimony in 2014, Mr. Harkins had reneged on his agreement to give false statements in the drug trial of John Fredette in exchange for a large quantity of cocaine.

His disappearance sparked an intense investigation, but police never recovered his body. He was declared dead in 2008 in Worcester Probate and Family Court.

In early 2013, Matteo Trotto, John Fredette and Elias Samia were indicted for the murder of Mr. Harkins.

‘I’m innocent, judge,’ says prison-bound Matteo Trotto

WORCESTER – Still claiming his innocence in spite of the jury’s guilty verdict, Matteo Trotto was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole Tuesday for the 1994 murder of Kevin Harkins.

Matteo Trotto guilty of murder in 1994 case

WORCESTER- A jury convicted Matteo Trotto of first-degree murder Friday in the 1994 slaying of Kevin Harkins.

John Fredette found guilty of felony murder in the first degree for 20-year-old Worcester murder

WORCESTER – A jury has found John Fredette guilty of felony murder in the first-degree in the death of Kevin Harkins 20 years after Harkins was reported missing. The jury returned the verdict Tuesday afternoon, five hours after the case was concluded. The verdict represents justice for the family and Harkins, said Worcester District Attorney Joe Early.

Jury convicts Elias Samia of first-degree murder in 1994 case

WORCESTER – Elias Samia was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 1994 slaying of Kevin Harkins.

Updated on May 30, 2014 :

A Worcester Superior Court jury found Mr. Trotto guilty of first-degree murder on May 30, 2014. Mr. Fredette was found guilty a month later; a jury returned a guilty verdict against Mr. Samia that November. All three men were sentenced to life in prison without parole.