PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A fifth person has been indicted in connection with the murder of a Cranston man, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and members of the Rhode Island State Police announced Thursday.
According to officials, a statewide Grand Jury returned a secret indictment on Wednesday charging Louis Geremia, of Warwick, with murder in the death of 36-year-old Kerry Mello. He is also facing charges for conspiracy to commit murder and mutilation of a dead body.
Geremia was arrested by members of the RI State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals at his home in North Scituate on Wednesday. He was arraigned and ordered held without bail Thursday.
Mello was last seen on August 10, 2015, and was reported missing to Cranston police. During a news conference in April, officials released more details about Mello’s gruesome death – which Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said was devastating for his loved ones.
“There’s a family left behind that is feeling a lot of pain,” Kilmartin said.
Rhode Island State Police released the following timeline of Mello’s murder:
- July 3, 2015 – Mello’s associate Jame Barriera had a large amount of marijuana and cash stolen. Police said Barriera suspected Mello was the culprit.
- August 10 – Mello was last seen alive and was shortly thereafter reported missing
- August 19 – Mello’s torso was found stabbed off the beach in Westport, Mass.
- August 21 – Mello’s severed legs were discovered off a beach in Little Compton
In-Depth: Kerry Mello death investigation
A grand jury returned a secret, sealed indictment in April, charging the following four suspects and charged them with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and mutilation of a dead human body:
- Jamie Barriera, 35, of 109 Louisiana Avenue, Warwick
- Francisco Concepcion, 36, of Louisiana Avenue, Warwick
- Albert Barriera, 61, of 117 Shannon Drive, Warwick
- Graig Bustillo, 39, of Adelaide Avenue, Providence
The investigation is ongoing, officials said.