Goparian Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

February 11, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811

WORCESTER – A Superior Court jury found Donovan Goparian guilty of first-degree murder today in the death of a Webster woman whose body was found in a burning car off Swan Avenue in 2015, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Goparian, 42, of Worcester, was charged with shooting and killing Marie R. Martin, 35, and burning her body inside her car.

The trial against Goparian began last week and went to the jury to begin deliberations on Monday.

Sentencing for Goparian is scheduled for March 6. By statute, Goparian will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“This was a very difficult case for many reasons,” Mr. Early said. “The hard work of the prosecution team, consisting of the Worcester Police Department and Assistant District Attorneys Terry McLaughlin and Mark McShera, was outstanding. They presented this case in a very concise and evidence-based manner. I would like to thank the jury for their attention to the evidence and thoughtful deliberations in this trial.”