ATTLEBORO — A trial date will likely be set next week for defendants charged with murdering a man in a botched marijuana robbery at a South Avenue home.

The suspects, Job Williams, 35, and Jaquan Cohen, 28, both of Boston, are on for a pretrial conference Monday in Fall River Superior Court.

They allegedly were armed with handguns and forced their way into the 148 South Ave. home on Dec. 4, 2017 with the intent of stealing 10 pounds of marijuana.

Thomas Pomare, 34, a former Attleboro man who was visiting the home, was shot by Cohen and died later at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, according to prosecutors.

Both defendants have pleaded innocent to murder and other related charges.

The getaway driver, Archie Charles, 27, formerly of Attleboro, is serving an 8- to 11-year prison term for manslaughter. He pleaded guilty last year.

The case against a fourth man, Devaun Petigny, 27, who allegedly devised the plot to steal the marijuana stored at the house, is pending.

He has pleaded innocent to charges of armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to rob and two counts of conspiracy to commit both crimes. He is due in court in February.

Prosecutors said in a court document that Pomare shipped the marijuana to the house. Petigny allegedly plotted to rob a resident at the house, James Burrus, after the two men arranged a drug deal, according to the document.

Cohen and Williams allegedly forced their way by Burrus and his mother and were unaware Pomare was at the home, according to court records.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or

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