Arrest made in fatal shooting of Cape Cod man

December 24, 2021 GMT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — The suspect in a fatal shooting on Cape Cod earlier this month has been arrested and arraigned, prosecutors said Friday.

Justin Peckham, 29, was held without bail after pleading not guilty in Barnstable District Court to murder and assault and battery with a firearm, according to a statement from the office of Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe.

Peckham is charged in connection with the shooting death Dec. 8 of Eric Christensen, 50, in Hyannis. Police responding to a 911 call found Christensen unresponsive on the kitchen floor of his home with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities did not disclose a possible motive.

The death remains under investigation. It was not immediately clear who represented Peckham in court.