Friday, 24 November, 2017

A just verdict for Bella Bond

Jury deliberations in 'Baby Doe' murder trial nearing Day 5 A just verdict for Bella Bond
Delores Daniels | 27 June, 2017, 11:20

Michael Sprinsky, far left, gets a hug from his sister Laura Sprinsky, as the guilty verdict is read of second degree murder for defendant Michael P. McCarthy at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Monday, Ju.

McCarthy - the ex-boyfriend of the little girl's mother - was charged soon after Bella's body was identified. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions of people on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity.

Fewtrell also said she thinks that Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, should be serving more time for her "parading around" and "lies". McCarthy's lawyer said it was Bond who killed the girl.

Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second degree or guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

"It's primarily heroin that led us all here", Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney David Deakin said in closing arguments.

After Bella's body washed ashore on Deer Island in Winthrop in June 2015, she was only known as "Baby Doe" until three months later, when a tip led to the arrests McCarthy and Bond.

McCarthy did not testify during his trial.

McCarthy's lawyer claimed Bond was the real killer.

"An innocent man is going to prison for the rest of his life for a crime that she committed", defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro said.

Second-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years in MA.

"Any lost life is heartbreaking and tragic, but any time someone so young and so innocent is lost, it magnifies the pain and the sorrow to very bad proportions", Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

The man now faces mandatory life in prison with a chance for parole in 15 years and will be be sentenced on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Those who held vigil to remember Bella told reporters that they want justice for her young life, which was taken too soon.

Prosecutors have said they will recommend a sentence of time served and two years probation on Rachelle Bond's accessory after the fact conviction. During her time on the witness stand, she sparred with McCarthy's attorney, who noted inconsistencies in what she told police in September 2015 and her testimony.

Bond pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory to murder after the fact and testified under a plea deal with prosecutors.

McCarthy was facing a first-degree murder charge in the girl's death.

He noted the effect of drugs on the case, and said that, though so numerous witnesses had been under their influence, they were the only ones prosecutors had to work with.

Another key witness was Michael Sprinsky, McCarthy's former friend who had stayed at Bond's Maxwell Street apartment in early 2015.

He said McCarthy had been obsessed with the occult for years.

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