New Bedford Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Connected to 2017 Murder Case

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
April 25, 2022

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison last Friday after being convicted earlier this month of Second Degree Murder and other charges connected to the October 2017 New Bedford killing of Angel Camacho, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

David Antonetty Almestica was sentenced by Judge Gregg Pasquale to serve life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.  The defendant was convicted by a jury of his peers after a two-week long trial in Fall River Superior Court of Second Degree Murder, Witness Intimidation and two counts of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. 

On October 4, 2017, at approximately 6:30 in the morning, the defendant and the victim met up in the second-floor apartment of 45 Tallman Street, New Bedford in order for the defendant to sell cocaine to the victim. The victim was not happy with the price and expressed his displeasure. The defendant then stabbed the victim three times, once in the chest, once in the leg, and a slash wound to his abdomen. The stab wound to the chest pierced the victim’s heart, causing his chest cavity to fill with blood. The defendant then threw the victim down the stairs to the first-floor landing. The defendant followed the victim outside of the building to a street corner, where he had collapsed, and proceeded to strike him with a blunt object and kick him with a shod foot.  One of  the witnesses described the kick as a “football kick” that was occurred in front of parents putting their kids on the school bus. The defendant then handed out cocaine to the witnesses to the stabbing and told them to shut their mouths, and that they didn’t see anything.  The defendant fled New Bedford to Springfield, MA where he was arrested that evening by members of the Hampden County State Police Detective Unit & Springfield Police after a warrant was obtained for the defendant’s arrest by our office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Michael Cahillane and Gillian Kirsch.

“I am pleased the jury held the defendant accountable for this senseless murder over a dispute about drugs. It is particularly concerning that after stabbing the victim, the defendant chased him down the street. While the victim was bleeding to death, the defendant kicked him and beat him with a pipe in front of the public,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

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