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Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:41 pm

July 26, 2013
Authorities in Boston are investigating the death of a 24-year-old woman who was forced to drive to five banks and was then stabbed to death by her kidnapper. Two other women had been brutally attacked within the same 24-hour window, according to police.

Amy Lord, police say, spent almost an hour driving to the banks starting at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday to withdraw money after being kidnapped. Investigators believe that shortly after she visited the fifth bank, she was killed. Her car was found later that day, burned in South Boston.

Lord's body was found by a cyclist at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday in a wooded area at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Wednesday at a news conference. Conley said Lord was already reported missing after she failed to show up for an appointment.

A surveillance photo of Lord getting out of her vehicle was released by police.
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Investigators have already arrested 28-year-old Edwin Alemany, who has been charged with punching a woman around 5 a.m. on Tuesday and stabbing a woman after midnight Wednesday in the same vicinity of South Boston.

"Like in all cases … we look at all cases that are occurring in the same geographic area and same time frame for possible connections," Conley said. "And at this point, we are not in a position to make a connection to the homicide of Amy Lord."

A judge ruled Alemany was mentally unfit to be arraigned Thursday and was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation. The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Alemany has not been named a suspect in Lord's murder.

All three incidents have prompted police to issue warnings to the general public.

"Don't walk alone, be aware of your surroundings, have your cellphone ready. Don't listen to your iPhone when you're out walking by yourself. You should be aware of your surroundings and what's going on," Boston Police Supt. Chief Dan Linsky said.

Lord was a former honors student and varsity cheerleader. She was a 2011 graduate of Bentley University and worked as a digital media analyst with Genuine Interactive, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

Her community recently came together to honor her at a vigil.

"She was my first real crush," Lord's friend Tim Fortin said. "She was the most beautiful girl in school, the most popular girl in school. She was loved by everyone."

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Normal Edwin Alemany The Lone Person Of Interest In The Kidnapping And Murder Of Amy Lord

Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:54 pm

29 July 2013

Police have named a 'person of interest' in the horrific kidnapping and murder of a 24-year-old woman in South Boston last week - and even the Boston police commission admits he never should have been on the streets.

Boston Commissioner Ed revealed on Saturday that Edwin Alemany attempted another attack on a woman in a South Boston park last September but was never arrested, even though the victim managed to grab his wallet and ID and hand it to detectives.

Alemany, a 28-year-old serial offender with a record of 52 charges against him, has not yet been charged with abduction and stabbing Amy Lord last week. He is currently in jail, facing charges from two similar attacks on women in the same neighborhood that took place just days after Miss Lord was killed.

Miss Lord was kidnapped outside her home at 6am when she stepped out Tuesday. She was held hostage for 19 hours and driven to five ATMs, where she was made to withdraw money. She was then brutally stabbed to death and her body dumped in a park.

'It's incredibly frustrating that we're here today talking about a man that has 18 juvenile arraignments and 34 adult arraignments and is still not incarcerated,' Davis said, according to Fox Boston.

Davis revealed that on September 28, a 21-year-old woman was attacked by Alemany in a park at 2am. He grabbed her around the throat and attempted to strangle her, but she fought back.

In the struggle, the woman managed to grab Alemany's wallet and ID card before he fled.

She handed that evidence over to detectives. Despite the key evidence, Boston police never moved in to arrest Alemany or charge him with the crime - which could have put him in prison for many years.

Davis said a review of the police department's case from the 2012 attack reveals that detectives had enough evidence against the serial offender.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald he was outraged by the failure of police to lock up Alemany before he could strike again.

'My thoughts were, "My God, why?" The system broke down and that system can’t break down when there’s an investigation of a person who committed a crime of such magnitude,' he said.

Davis said he and the commanders of the police department's investigative bureaus would conduct a review of past cases to see whether any other incidents like Alemany's alleged 2012 attack had slipped through the cracks.

Alemany has been in and out of prison for years and may have been staying with a friend - illegally - at a South Boston public housing complex nearby.

Alemany allegedly attacked two other women in the same neighborhood, as well. One attack was reported at 5am on Tuesday - one hour before the abduction of Miss Lord.

The second attack took place about 12.10am on Thursday. Both escaped with minor injuries.

The murder of Amy Lord - a high school cheerleader and Bentley University graduate - has shocked the neighborhood - resulting in candle-light vigils attended by hundreds and community meetings about neighborhood safety.

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Normal DNA Evidence Links Edwin Alemany To Murder Of Amy Lord

Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:08 pm

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BOSTON (CBS) –Boston Police have charged Edwin Alemany with the murder of 24-year-old Amy Lord.
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Alemany, 28, is being charged with first-degree murder after DNA evidence linked him to Lord’s murder.
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Alemany was arrested last Wednesday in the attacks of two other South Boston women and is undergoing a mental evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced the development at a Thursday morning news conference.

Alemany is expected to be arraigned at the completion of his mental health evaluation.

“The investigation reached a tipping point within the past 24 hours with witness statements, forensic evidence, and surveillance imagery, but we still have a great deal of work to do. This is an extremely complex case,” Conley said. “It includes offenses in multiple locations over an extended period of time. Police, prosecutors, and civilians are still working this case and they’ll continue those efforts until the truth is spoken in a Suffolk County courtroom.”

Thursday afternoon, authorities were searching a section of Stony Brook Reservation. Conley said this is part of the ongoing investigation into Lord’s murder.

Authorities say Lord was forced to take out money from five different ATMs before she was taken to Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park and stabbed to death last Tuesday.

“Amy Lord was born a small town girl, but she came to love Boston and she called our city her home. Sadly, as in many of our cases, we never knew her in life – but we’ve come to know a bit about her and her family. They’re people of extraordinary grace and dignity.,” Conley said. “As I mentioned, this morning I spoke to Amy’s mother, Cindy Lord, and assured her that we will not rest until justice is finally done on her behalf. A formal murder charge is part of that process but we can’t lose sight of our ultimate goal: a conviction at trial and a verdict upheld on appeal.”

Alemany is also accused of attacking two women in South Boston around the time of Lord’s murder.

Kayleigh Ballantyne, one of the two women allegedly attacked by Alemany, says she was stabbed several times early Wednesday morning on Gates Street. She was able to kick the knife out the attacker’s hands. She later identified Alemany when she was being treated at the hospital. Ballantyne is in stable condition.

Another woman, who was attacked on Old Colony Ave. Tuesday morning, told police that Alemany said to her, “I’m not robbing you I’m going to kill you.” Then he looked at her and said, “you’re not the one I’m looking for, I’m sorry. I have a hit out for a female pushing a baby carriage.”

According to court records, Alemany has a lengthy criminal history, including an attack of a woman last September.

“If you look very carefully at his record, you see an individual who was primarily breaking and entering into cars, stealing from cars with some violence on his record,” Conley said “Every time he was before the court, he was punished and the sentence that were imposed was reasonable for the offense at the time.”

Meanwhile, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said his department continues to investigate Detective Jerome Hall-Brewster.

The detective was demoted to patrolman last  week after a review of a September 2012 incident found he failed to move forward in a sexual assault case last year in which Alemany was the prime suspect.

Alemany is currently scheduled to return Aug. 14 to South Boston District Court, where he faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder kidnapping, and threats to commit a crime for a July 23 attack on a woman on Old Colony Avenue and additional charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a July 24 attack on a different woman on Gates Street.

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Angry South Boston residents last night demanded to know how violent repeat ex-con Edwin Alemany was free to roam the streets during a terrifying trio of attacks on young women last week — including the abduction and murder of Amy Lord.

“From what I understand, Mr. Alemany had 10 felony convictions. What was he doing out on the street?” one resident asked a panel of top Hub law enforcement and elected officials at a community meeting to quell fears over the attacks, held in the Tynan School. “Why don’t we have minimum mandatory sentences?”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told last night’s crowd that investigators in the Lord case “are in the right place and we have the right person,” but neither he nor Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley explicitly identified a suspect.

“Edwin Alemany no longer poses any threat to the citizens of South Boston,” said Conley, who said prosecutors have built a strong case that he attacked a woman on Old Colony Avenue an hour before Lord’s abduction, and stabbed a woman on Gates Street early the next morning. The DA asked the crowd to give him time “to make the most compelling case possible.”

The outcry comes as a Herald review of Alemany’s criminal history found the ex-con struck a deal in July 2010 that let him serve jail sentences for two separate offenses simultaneously — a legal maneuver that let him skirt hard time and sprang him from jail in March. Alemany, 28, agreed to two years behind bars in exchange for a pair of guilty pleas for an April 2010 rap of receiving stolen property, and a June 2010 case of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office did not contest the deal, which was proposed by Alemany’s defense attorney at the time.

A spokesman for Conley said prosecutors accepted the deal because the assault and battery rap “was a factually weak case.”

“This disposition guaranteed a conviction,” Conley’s spokesman, Jake Wark, said. “He could have very well been acquitted at trial.”

Wark said the district attorney’s office decides whether to accept proposed concurrent sentences on a “case-by-case basis.”

Former Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone said his office, by policy, avoided concurrent sentences except in cases it had an “extremely difficult time proving.”

“The concept was, you want every victim’s case to stand on its own,” Leone said. “You don’t get a free crime.”

Alemany’s lengthy rap sheet includes 34 criminal charges as an adult and 18 as a juvenile. He has at least 10 adult convictions. His adult record dates back to a 2002 rap for breaking into cars in Newton with two friends from Roslindale. Alemany was sentenced to supervised probation in the case, and was later jailed for 90 days for violating it, according to court records.

In 2004, Alemany was sentenced to a year in jail for car theft after he was found “screeching tires” of a stolen vehicle on Egleston Street. In 2003, he was sentenced to six months in jail for stabbing a West Roxbury pizza shop owner in the stomach with a 4-inch folding knife, records show.

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Normal Lawyer For Edwin Alemany, Accused of Murdering Amy Lord, Says "He Has Significant History Of Mental Illness"

Post by NiteSpinR on Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:06 pm

Edwin J. Alemany’s defense lawyer said today that the 28-year-old has a “significant history of psychiatric hospitalizations” but that it is premature to say whether he will use an insanity defense for Alemany, who faces murder and assault charges.

Alemany, who is being evaluated by the state at Bridgewater State Hospital for competency to help with his defense, is due in court Aug. 14 to face charges that he stabbed and strangled Amy Lord and attacked two other women in a 24-hour period in South Boston late last month.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey A. Denner said he has had preliminary meetings with Alemany and his family and intends to thoroughly review his psychiatric history.

But Alemany has not yet been formally charged, been found competent to stand trial, or been presented with the evidence against him, Denner said.

“We do not have any defense in mind. We are mindful at this point of the fact that the court thinks he has psychiatric issues, we are mindful of the fact that he has a psychiatric history, we are mindful of the fact that crimes have occurred here,” Denner said.

The defense team would only begin “thinking seriously about whether there’s a ‘state of mind’ defense,” or insanity defense, if Alemany is found competent to stand trial and after his lawyers have reviewed the evidence against him, Denner said.

Alemany previously faced charges of assaulting two women in South Boston in late July but was considered only a “person of interest” in Lord’s killing until authorities ran DNA tests that they said linked Alemany to the crime, prompting Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley last week to authorize a warrant charging Alemany with Lord’s July 23 murder.

“There’s a lot of issues here that need to be explored. This is a horrible situation, obviously -- women have been assaulted, someone is dead -- but it is very important that we understand that the American system of justice requires that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” said Denner, a prominent Boston defense attorney.


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The disgraced Boston cop demoted for blowing an investigation into a 2012 Roxbury attack linked to the Amy Lord murder suspect will fight to get his detective’s badge back, his lawyer says, claiming he has an email to show his client did his due diligence in the much-maligned probe.

“He’s been out there vilified as this person who didn’t do his job, and he did,” said attorney Raffi Yessayan, who represents officer Jerome Hall-Brewster. “It’s safe to say he’s devastated by this. ... I don’t think they could have done a better job investigating the case from 2012.”

Yessayan said Hall-Brewster requested lab testing for evidence from the Roxbury crime scene, including a hat, wallet and plastic bottle, and that he has a series of subsequent emails between Hall-Brewster and a lab technician. Yessayan said those emails — which he refused to provide to the Herald — include one in which Hall-Brewster tells the tech to proceed with testing. He also wrote that he believed the items were left behind by the suspect, according to Yessayan. The emails were sent from early October until late November, the lawyer said.

A Boston police spokeswoman did not respond to two requests for a response last night.

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis has publicly slammed Hall-Brewster’s work, saying the detective had probable cause to arrest Edwin Alemany, 28, after the victim in the Mission Hill attack gave police his identification. She said she was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious, but somehow grabbed Alemany’s wallet. Davis also said Hall-Brewster failed to respond to “numerous requests” to help the police lab in their testing of a hat and water bottle that were taken into evidence at the scene.

Yessayan admitted Hall-Brewster did not respond to some of the lab’s requests, but said the detective lacked probable cause to arrest Alemany because the victim never identified the attacker.

Meanwhile yesterday, police said they fast-tracked the DNA testing that helped bring murder charges against Alemany, who is also accused in two other attacks on South Boston women during a 19-hour rampage last week.

“Because of the similarity of the circumstances in the South Boston assault cases, prioritizing DNA testing helped to tie the same suspect to all three incidents including the murder of Amy Lord,” police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said.

Lord, 24, was kidnapped near her Dorchester street apartment at about 6 a.m. July 23. Authorities say Alemany drove her to five ATMs and then killed her and dumped her body at Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. Also yesterday, high-profile defense attorney Jeffrey Denner said Alemany’s family retained him. Alemany is under court-ordered mental evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. Denner said he’s considering an insanity defense.

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WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - Amy Lord's family offered their thanks Wednesday to the South Boston community.
The 24-year-old's body was found in Hyde Park after she had been kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from ATMs and then stabbed and strangled to death.
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"We know your hearts are breaking right now for Amy and our family. Amy grew up in a wonderful, small community town. When she moved to Boston she was looking for the same feeling and she found it in Southie."
She could sense immediately that there was a strong, family-like community that existed there. She knew she was one of the “newbies” and had a lot to learn but she was anxious to be part of your community. She loved everything about it. She found doctor’s offices and felt at home. Thanks to a long time resident, she found a neighborhood mechanic she trusted and, of course, Castle Island and Sullivan’s.
Since this tragedy has happened our hometown, Wilbraham, has embraced our family in their love and support. Friends, neighbors - everyone - have been trying to think of anything they can do to support us. One of the things they have done is to place white ribbons throughout the neighborhood and around town.
Someone close to us shared the statement below that was put on Facebook by the South Boston Community. Our family was incredibly touched. This is a perfect example of the close, caring community that Amy knew existed. Tragedy can and does strike in places and ways that are unimaginable and we want everyone to know that we will never believe that it defines the South Boston Community. 
Thank you so much for your show of solidarity and connection to us. But, most importantly, thank youfor embracing Amy. We are sure she is smiling in the vibrant, infectious and loving way that only Amy can.

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Normal Video Reveals Bits Of Attack On Amy Lord

Post by NiteSpinR on Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:40 am

August 15, 2013

The video shows a shadowy figure walking past the front of Amy Lord’s apartment building.

Lord emerges at 5:38 a.m., and the figure quickly turns back. The two go inside and do not leave again for another 12 to 13 minutes, a Suffolk prosecutor said Thursday in West Roxbury District Court, where Lord’s alleged killer, Edwin Alemany, was arraigned on several charges, including murder and kidnapping. Prosecutors did not say where the video was captured.

During those 12 minutes, law enforcement officials have told the Globe, Lord was beaten savagely in the vestibule of her South Boston apartment building, the start of an ordeal that would end 2½ hours later in Hyde Park’s Stony Brook Reservation, where she was stabbed repeatedly and strangled to death.

Snatches of those hours were caught on video from surveillance cameras mounted around Dorchester Street in South Boston, where Lord, a 24-year-old digital marketer, lived; the banks where her captor forced her to withdraw cash; and the roads to the Hyde Park reservation where she died.

Alemany, a 28-year-old father of a little girl who had been living in South Boston, kept his head down as Assistant Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas outlined the case against him.

Edwin Alemany was arraigned in the murder of Amy Lord at West Roxbury District Court on Thursday. His lawyer said he tried to commit suicide scratching open the arteries on his neck and arms.

Edwin Alemany was arraigned in the murder of Amy Lord at West Roxbury District Court on Thursday. His lawyer said he tried to commit suicide scratching open the arteries on his neck and arms.

On Wednesday, he had been arraigned in South Boston District Court on charges that he assaulted two other women that same day: a young woman beaten on Old Colony Avenue about an hour before Lord’s kidnapping and another woman stabbed repeatedly on Gates Street just after midnight on July 24. Both women survived the attacks.

Hours after his arraignment in South Boston, Alemany, who was on suicide watch at the Nashua Street jail where he was being held, violently scratched his neck and arms, a failed effort to rip at his arteries and kill himself, his lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, said in court. A spokesman for Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins declined to comment on the incident.

An open gash was visible on the right side of Alemany’s neck, as a state forensic psychologist said Alemany told her he was still suicidal and hearing voices in the courtroom.

“They’re whispering,” the psychologist, Helene Presskreischer, told Judge Kathleen Coffey. “He doesn’t know what they’re saying.”

Denner has not said whether he will try to argue that Alemany was insane when he allegedly attacked the three women. But he said that his client has a long history of mental illness starting when he was 13 years old and began getting in trouble at school and, shortly after that, with the law.

“His family will tell you that he was a terrific kid who from an early age” had mental problems, Denner said. “When he was on his medication, he would do very well.”

On Thursday, Alemany’s parents and four young women, friends and relatives of Lord, looked on in court as Pappas described a criminal who later tried to cover up his violent acts:

After leaving Lord’s apartment, Alemany forced her into her black Jeep Cherokee and at 6:03 a.m. went to Mt. Washington Bank on Southampton Street, the first of five banks where Lord was forced to withdraw cash.

At least two surveillance videos show Lord, sitting in the front passenger seat with her face bruised, as she leaned across the driver’s seat to withdraw money.

At 7:05 a.m., surveillance cameras show the Jeep crossing River Street and turning on Gordon Avenue toward the reservation.

At 8 a.m., Alemany, still driving the car, stopped for gas at a Hess station on Washington Street, an employee of the station later told police. He was alone.

At 8:30, the Cherokee was found in Sterling Square, engulfed in flames. About an hour after that, a 911 call came into the South Boston police district station reporting Lord missing. Police were told she had not made it to the MBTA bus stop where she usually met a friend to go to a gym downtown and she had not arrived at work.

At 9:55 a.m., Alemany stopped at Rotary Variety, a bodega in South Boston , where Alemany lived with his girlfriend. He spent $400 at the store, where he bought a cellphone and paid off his cellphone bills, prosecutors said. He later told people he knew that he had won the lottery, Pappas said.

Lord’s body was found by a passing bicyclist at 4:05 p.m. that day.

Alemany, who was ordered held on $3 million cash bail on the assault charges, was sent back to Bridgewater State Hospital Thursday after Denner argued that he needed to be supervised by people trained to deal with mental illness.

Presskreischer, the forensic psychologist, agreed with Denner.

“I don’t think he’s entirely safe at the jail,” she said. Oh Yeah? Well Amy Lord wasn't safe from Alemany. The state wasn't looking after her safety, if they had been this guy wouldn't have been on the streets stalking women to rob, assault and murder. Put him in a jail cell it's where he should have been before Amy crossed paths with him to begin with! It really pisses me off when criminals are given more rights than their victims!!!!!!!

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Post by HippyChick2 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:39 am

What ever happened to the "three strikes" law? This freak should have been arrested a looooong time ago.
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Normal Edwin J. Alemany Indicted For The Murder Of Amy Lord As Well As Attacks On 3 Other Women

Post by NiteSpinR on Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:18 am

November 15, 2013

The man charged with the kidnapping and murder of a young South Boston woman last summer was indicted Friday in that killing, as well as attacks on three other women, including a 2012 assault that police have acknowledged might have led to an earlier arrest if it had been investigated more thoroughly.

Nearly 10 months before Edwin J. Alemany allegedly killed Amy Lord, a 24-year-old digital marketer who was kidnapped on her way to a gym, Alemany assaulted a Mission Hill woman and left behind his wallet and a baseball hat, police said. The hat had traces of DNA that was “strongly consistent” with Alemany’s DNA, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said Friday.

But prosecutors said the hat was not tested for DNA until after Lord was killed, again raising questions over whether Alemany could have been off the streets if police had connected him sooner to the Mission Hill assault.

Friday’s indictments were hailed by law enforcement officials as the fruit of an intense and successful investigation.

“We are one step closer to bringing Edwin Alemany to justice,” said William Evans, Boston’s acting police commissioner.

Alemany, a 28-year-old convicted thief who has pleaded not guilty, has a long history of mental illness, says his lawyer, Jeffrey Denner. After his arrest in July, Alemany clawed at his neck while in custody in an apparent suicide attempt and was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital, where he is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Once police identified Alemany as a suspect in the abduction and killing of Lord and the attacks on two other women on July 23, investigators discovered that they may have missed a chance to arrest him in September 2012, when he allegedly attacked a 20-year-old as she walked into her Mission Hill apartment.

In that attack, Alemany allegedly choked the woman from behind. As she struggled, his wallet, containing his ID, fell out of his pocket. A hat and a plastic bottle were also found at the scene, but police never questioned Alemany, who was not arrested.

After Lord’s killing, Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis demoted the detective in the case, Jerome Hall-Brewster, and publicly slammed him for failing to follow up on the case. Hall-Brewster’s supervisors received lesser punishments, written and oral reprimands.

Davis said Hall-Brewster ignored repeated e-mails from the crime lab asking about the evidence recovered at the scene. Davis said there was enough probable cause to make an arrest at the time, based on the discovery of the wallet with Alemany’s ID.

Hall-Brewster’s lawyer, Raffi Yessayan, said the officer acknowledged that he did not return three e-mails from the lab, which did not seem urgent.

But, when the crime lab sent a fourth e-mail saying that the evidence could not be tested until the detective confirmed that he believed they were connected to the suspect, he quickly responded with, “Yes, test all three of them,” Yessayan said.

Only the bottle, which came back negative for a DNA match to anyone with a criminal record, was tested by the lab in June.

“Was this an issue of somebody dropping the ball, or was this an issue of [the crime lab] prioritizing with the resources they had?” Yessayan said. “The department should answer those questions.”

Cheryl Fiandaca, spokeswoman for the Police Department, said no one at the crime lab has been disciplined in the case. Fiandaca declined to comment on Yessayan’s assertions.

“The investigation was thorough and complete,” she said.

Hall-Brewster has appealed his demotion to the state Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

During the press conference announcing the indictments against Alemany, Evans said proper discipline was meted out to those involved in the Mission Hill case. He said that new management training has been “put into effect so nothing like this happens again.”

Evans, who was appointed acting commissioner Nov. 1, described Lord’s killing as “a terrible, terrible case for us.”

“Being a South Boston resident, I realize the fear that went into the community over that 24-hour period,” he said. “And, I just want to reassure the community that from day one we worked as hard as we could on this case.”

All four of the victims were between 20 and 24 years old and were attacked while walking alone late at night or in the early morning. About one hour before allegedly kidnapping Lord, Alemany attacked a 22-year-old woman walking down Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, police said. He threatened to kill her, but then abruptly walked away.

Lord was attacked as she left her Dorchester Street apartment before 6 a.m., was dragged back into the vestibule and viciously beaten, and was then driven to five ATMs to withdraw cash. She was found stabbed to death at Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.

Eighteen hours after he allegedly killed Lord, Alemany stabbed another woman, a 21-year-old walking home on Gates Street, police said. Her screams drew the attention of neighbors, forcing Alemany to flee. The woman survived.

“The attacks were all blitz-like physical assaults where the victims were immediately overwhelmed with violence,” said Conley. “The homicide of Amy Lord was savage and brutal. The level of violence visited on her shocked the entire city of Boston, including hardened police and prosecutors with decades of experience.’’

He said that Alemany acted with “an unmistakable clarity of mind in his actions.”

Denner said that he has not decided whether he will mount an insanity defense, but he disputed Conley’s description of Alemany’s state of mind.

“The observations I have made of Mr. Alemany don’t lead me to that same conclusion,” Denner said. “I think this has been an incredibly sick young man for a long period of time.”
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Normal Information Provided By 2 Victims Of Non-Fatal Assaults Allegedly Committed By Edwin Alemany Helped Lead To His Arrest

Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:48 pm

November 27, 2013

Information provided by the two victims of the non-fatal assaults allegedly committed by Edwin Alemany helped lead to Alemany’s arrest, according to newly unsealed police reports.

Alemany has been charged with murdering Wilbraham native Amy Lord in South Boston in July and attacking two other South Boston women within hours of Lord’s murder. All the women were in their early 20s.

Alemany was indicted by a grand jury last week and is expected to be arraigned next month. He has been confined to Bridgewater State Hospital since his arrest immediately after the attacks.

While the cases were pending in District Court, prosecutors had asked that several documents in the court files relating to the non-fatal assaults remain sealed, arguing that they relate to the ongoing investigation, include information known only to the attacker and police, could increase pre-trial publicity, making it harder to select a fair jury, and could harm the victims’ family.

Those documents have since been unsealed. However, they contain little new information beyond the police reports – parts of which had previously been released to The Republican/MassLive.com by the Boston Police Department.

They police reports do shed some new light on the evidence that led to Alemany.

Prosecutors had said that Alemany cut his hand on the knife he used to stab a woman on Gates Street and admitted himself to Tufts Medical Center, where paramedics recognized him from the victim's description. According to a newly released incident report, Alemany told medical personnel that he got into an argument and was stabbed at a gas station in South Boston – although there was no evidence that such an incident ever happened.

The police reports said that although the victim was stabbed six times, she was able to provide a description of her assailant. Two witnesses also saw the assault. Alemany, in the hospital, was wearing the clothing described by the victim. The police wrote that Alemany also had blood on his clothing, which the police believe was connected to the victim. The police also found a blood trail on the sidewalk leading away from the victim’s door, where she was stabbed.

The police were also assisted by information from the second victim. That woman, who was attacked on Old Colony Avenue, punched and dragged into a parking lot, was shown eight photos by the police and asked to identify her assailant. The victim picked out Alemany.

Neither victim could be reached for comment.

Because the information was sealed that tied the charges against Alemany to particular attacks, The Republican/MassLive.com had incorrectly reported that charges relating to Lord’s abduction, before her murder, were being pursued in South Boston District Court. The newly released documents show that all the charges in that court related to the non-fatal attacks, while the Lord case was being prosecuted exclusively in West Roxbury District Court. All of the charges are now being pursued as part of a single case in Suffolk County Superior Court.


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A Boston man accused of kidnapping, robbing and killing a 24-year-old woman and assaulting three other women has pleaded not guilty.

Edwin Alemany was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges including first-degree murder in connection with the July stabbing death of Amy Lord.

The 29-year-old Alemany was indicted last month in the death of the Wilbraham native who was living in South Boston.

Alemany is also charged in connection with three non-fatal attacks on women in their early 20s, two the same week Lord was killed.

Alemany has been held in a state psychiatric facility since pleading not guilty in district court.

Alemany’s lawyer did not speak at Wednesday’s court hearing but previously said his client has a history of untreated mental illness.

Along with Alemany in court today, family members of the victims, including Amy Lord – some of whom openly cried as the Assistant District Attorney John Pappas spoke about details of the case.

The state alleges on the morning of July 23rd, around 6 am… Alemany assaulted Lord at knifepoint, stole her Jeep, and forced her to drive to 5 ATM’s to drain her bank account.

“He then transported miss lord across the city to the Stony Brook Reservation in the Hyde Park section of Boston where he murdered her. He then drove to a Roslindale gas station a short distance from the Stony Brook Reservation were he purchased gasoline and continued driving Lord’s Jeep Cherokee after that back to South Boston where he set that car on fire,” said Pappas.

The state also filed its first notice of discovery, detailing some 232 items of discovery including what Pappas called a significant amount of video surveillance.

Because of the severity of the charges and the strength of the Commonwealth’s case, Pappas asked for… and the judge agreed that Alemany be held without bail.

The judge also set a target date for the trail to start – December 8th, 2014.

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Normal Official Say Edwin Alemany Socialized With Friends After Kidnapping & Murdering Amy Lord

Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:07 pm

December 11, 2013

As relatives of Amy Lord looked on tensely, a prosecutor said today that Edwin J. Alemany went drinking with friends after he allegedly kidnapped, attempted to rape and then murdered the 24-year-old South Boston woman during a spree of violence against women in Boston.

The new information about Alemany’s behavior was disclosed in Suffolk Superior Court today where Alemany pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder for killing Lord on July 23 and a host of other charges stemming from attacks on three other women, including a 2012 assault Boston police have acknowledged was not investigated thoroughly.

Alemany, whose attorney has said he has a long history of mental illness, spoke in a voice barely above a whisper as he answered “not guilty” to the 20 charges he now faces. He remains held without bail and was returned to Bridgewater State Hospital where he was sent this summer after he allegedly tried to kill himself by scratching his neck with a fingernail.

The proceeding was held in Magistrate Gary D. Wilson’s courtroom, a small space on the seventh floor of the downtown Boston courthouse, that was filled with Lord’s parents and their friends, the parents of Alemany’s alleged fourth victim, as well as Alemany’s relatives, all of whom sat within just a few feet of each other.

Lord’s parents, Dennis and Cynthia, comforted each other as Suffolk Assistant District Attorney John Pappas summarized the final hours of their daughter's life and as the prosecutor described Alemany’s alleged attacks on the other women.

Cynthia Lord cast an angry glance in Alemany’s direction as Pappas described how Alemany kidnapped Lord, which was followed by a sigh.

The Lords did not speak with reporters following the arraignment, but two brothers, both long-time friends of the couple, talked briefly about the impact the loss of their daughter has had on them.

Martin Dusel said the couple themselves and the Lord family overall are very close and “amazingly strong. There is a lot of love in that family.’’ He added, “and they are very strong. I just know the family needs thoughts and prayers.’’

Tom Dusel noted that Amy Lord was first thought to be a missing person, not a murder victim, when she failed to show up for work July 23.

“We knew she was missing. We feared the worst, and unfortunately that came to fruition,’’ Tom Dusel said. “I don’t know that it’s anything that the Lord family can ever get over. And certainly I can’t.”

Pappas said that investigators have learned that after he kidnapped and then murdered Lord on July 23, he drove her car back to South Boston and set it on fire. Then he connected with some friends where he drank with them for a while, the prosecutor said.

Pappas said Alemany then went to his girlfriend’s home in South Boston where he had been living, and got into an argument with her. At that point, he left his girlfriend's home—and went to Gates Street in South Boston where he attacked a woman as she was walking into her home early on the morning of July 24.

During the Gates Street attack, Alemany cut himself and was getting emergency medical care at the same Boston hospital where the woman had been brought when he was arrested later that morning.

All four of the victims were between 20 and 24 years old and were attacked while walking alone late at night or in the early morning. About one hour before allegedly kidnapping Lord, Alemany attacked a 22-year-old woman walking down Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, police said. He threatened to kill her, but then abruptly walked away, authorities said.

Lord was attacked as she left her Dorchester Street apartment before 6 a.m. on July 23, was dragged back into the vestibule and viciously beaten, and was then driven to five ATMs to withdraw cash. She was found stabbed to death at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.

After police identified Alemany as a suspect in the abduction and killing of Lord and the attacks on two other women on July 23, investigators discovered that they may have missed a chance to arrest him in September 2012, when he allegedly attacked a 20-year-old as she walked into her Mission Hill apartment.

A Boston police detective has been disciplined; his attorney has said he is wrongly being blamed for failures by other people in the Boston police department.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:50 pm

June 30, 2014

Edwin Alemany, the man accused of murdering Wilbraham native Amy Lord and attacking three other women in Boston, plans to use the insanity defense.

In a court filing at Suffolk County Superior Court, Alemany's attorney, Jeffrey Denner, wrote that Alemany plans to rely on a defense of "lack of criminal responsibility" because of "mental disease or defect at the time of the alleged offense conduct."

Denner wrote that he plans to bring expert witnesses to testify about Alemany's mental state and will also rely on statements Alemany made about his mental condition at the time of the alleged crime.

"It's where the facts of the case take us," Denner said, when asked why he chose to use the defense.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, did not respond to a request for comment. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has said previously that prosecutors believe Alemany showed "an unmistakable clarity of mind in his actions."

Alemany, 29, is accused of kidnapping, beating and murdering Lord, 24. He allegedly accosted her as she walked out of her South Boston apartment in the early morning of July 23, then drove her to ATMs and forced her to withdraw money before killing her, leaving her body in a park and burning her car.

Alemany is also accused of attacking two women within hours of Lord's murder. He knocked one woman down and dragged her into a parking lot before releasing her. He stabbed the other woman multiple times.

Alemany is also accused of attacking a woman and choking her from behind in 2012. He was charged with that crime only after his arrest for Lord's murder.

The attacks are being tried together. The trial is scheduled for December and expected to last approximately two weeks.

Alemany has been held in Bridgewater State Hospital, the state's mental hospital for accused or convicted criminals, since his arrest, after he tried to commit suicide in jail.

Prosecutors have said they have voluminous evidence against him, including forensic evidence, surveillance photos and witness statements.

Alemany has a long list of prior convictions.

Alemany also has a history of mental illness. Denner said previously that Alemany has been diagnosed with psychotic and non-psychotic illnesses. He has been hospitalized intermittently and has been on and off psychoactive drugs. Denner said Alemany was treated in jail and in the hospital, but once he was let go, he would stop taking his medications.

If Alemany is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would face yearly hearings to determine whether he is a danger to himself or others. As long as he is considered a danger, a judge would keep him confined in a mental facility like Bridgewater State Hospital.

A decision to use an insanity defense typically means lawyers acknowledge that prosecutors have evidence to prove someone committed a crime. But they argue that the defendant did not have the mental capacity to know right from wrong and to resist the impulse to break the law. Defense lawyers could also argue that Alemany could not form the intent to kill. To find someone guilty of first degree murder requires prosecutors to prove the defendant acted with premeditation and malice.

"The insanity defense is one that essentially says at the time of the crime you either couldn't or didn't have the substantial capacity to appreciate what the law requires or the ability to control your actions," said Arthur Leavens, professor of law at Western New England University.

Leavens said prosecutors must still prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. But much of the trial is likely to be focused on expert testimony relating to the defendant's state of mind.

Leavens said it is difficult to win an acquittal on an insanity defense. "Often, it comes down to battle between two mental health experts...and when you have a dead body to explain, jurors aren't terribly receptive to that," Leavens said.

Leavens said defense lawyers typically use the insanity defense when they believe their chances of acquittal on the evidence are slim.

"It's not a wonderful prospect, but it may be the best they have," Leavens said.

This is not the first time Denner has used the insanity defense in a high-profile murder case. Denner defended a New Hampshire woman, Sheila LaBarre, who was accused of killing two boyfriends and burying them on her farm. Denner argued in the 2008 case that LaBarre was insane and believed every man she dated was a pedophile who deserved death. A jury found LaBarre guilty and sentenced her to life in prison without parole.

Denner said previously that he may try to move the Alemany case out of Boston. So far, he has not filed a motion for a change of venue.

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Normal Trial Of Edwin Alemany, Accused Of Amy Lord's Murder Is Postponed

Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:39 pm

12/10/14

The trial of Edwin Alemany, the man accused of killing Wilbraham native Amy Lord and attacking three other women in Boston, has been postponed.

Alemany's trial had been scheduled to begin this Friday. But his attorney asked that it be postponed until February.

Defense Attorney Jeffrey Denner wrote in a court motion that the December trial date is "unreasonable in light of the complexity of the case and the extent of the preparations necessary to mount a vigorous defense." Denner also mentioned his own scheduling conflicts.

Denner wrote in a motion dated Oct. 30 that discovery is still ongoing, and Alemany is still undergoing psychiatric evaluations.

Alemany has a long history of mental illness, and Denner has said he plans to use an insanity defense.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, confirmed that the trial had been postponed, but no new date had been set yet. A status hearing is set for next Tuesday.

Alemany had been incarcerated at Bridgewater State Hospital, the state's secure mental health facility, since he was arrested in July 2013. He spent a single night in the Nashua Street Jail in August, where he attempted suicide, his lawyer said then.

Denner confirmed this week that Alemany had been discharged from Bridgewater State Hospital and moved to the Worcester County House of Corrections.


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Post by NiteSpinR on Tue May 19, 2015 1:31 am

May 18, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Edwin Alemany, the man accused of murdering Wilbraham native Amy Lord and attacking two other Boston women, with a focus on jurors' willingness to accept an insanity defense.

Alemany's attorneys are expected to argue that while Alemany, 30, killed Lord and attacked the other women, he was not criminally responsible for his actions because of mental illness.

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano asked potential jurors a series of questions focused on the insanity defense: Could you impartially consider evidence from psychiatrists? Could you accept that the burden of proof is on the government to prove that Alemany is criminally responsible, not on the defense to prove he is not? Could you be fair in considering an insanity defense?

The attorneys at times dug deeper. "Does the insanity defense make you uncomfortable, like it's not as good as another defense?" defense attorney Jeffrey Denner asked one potential juror.

"Do you have an opinion that would prevent you from finding that someone could appreciate the wrongfulness of their action ... despite a history of mental illness?" Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas asked.

Prosecutors will have to prove not only that Alemany committed the crimes, but that he had the mental capacity to control his actions and understand that his actions were wrong.

Several members of Lord's family were in the courtroom for jury selection.

Alemany's family members, who have been present for previous pre-trial hearings, did not appear to be in court.

Lord's mother, Cynthia Lord, of Wilbraham, is listed as a potential witness in the case.

Alemany, who has been held either in jail or in the state's facility for mentally ill prisoners since his arrest, wore gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt in court.

Jury selection is expected to take several days, and testimony is expected to last around two weeks, according to the district attorney's office.

Prosecutors say Lord, 23, was living in South Boston in July 2013 when Alemany abducted her at knifepoint outside her apartment, forced her into her car, made her withdraw money from several ATMs, then took her to Stony Brook Reservation and stabbed her to death. He burned her car.

Hours before that, Alemany allegedly dragged a 22-year-old woman into a parking lot, punched her and choked her. Hours later, he allegedly stabbed a 21-year-old woman repeatedly.

Alemany is facing nearly 20 charges related to the three incidents. For Lord's murder, he is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed carjacking, assault with intent to rape, assault and battery, and arson of a motor vehicle. He is also charged with attempted murder, assault and battery and other assault-related counts related to the other attacks.

The murder and two assaults are being tried in one trial. The maximum sentence for first degree murder is life in prison.

During their investigation, investigators also identified Alemany as a suspect in a 2012 attack, where he allegedly choked a young woman from behind. Charges related to that case are still pending and have not yet been brought to trial.

Defense lawyers have said for months that they intend to focus on Alemany's state of mind. Denner previously told The Republican / MassLive.com that Alemany has been diagnosed with psychotic and non-psychotic illnesses. He has been hospitalized intermittently and has been on and off psychoactive drugs.

If Alemany is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be confined to a mental institution until a judge determines he is no longer a danger to himself or others.

Of the first dozen or so potential jurors questioned individually on Monday, almost none appeared to have strong views on the insanity defense.

Gaziano also asked potential jurors about their views of law enforcement, since numerous Boston police officials and other law enforcement officers are expected to testify. He also asked about potential racial bias, since Alemany is Hispanic and two of the three victims are white.

Denner questioned several young women about whether they would be able to serve impartially in a case where the victims were all young women. "Probably as a woman, I'd have some sort of gut reaction," one woman responded, before being excused.

The case drew intense media coverage around the time of the murder, in July 2013, and several potential jurors said they read or heard about it at the time.


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Post by NiteSpinR on Sun May 24, 2015 2:24 pm

May 21, 2015

BOSTON (CBS) — A woman attacked by Edwin Alemany hours before he allegedly killed 24-year-old Amy Lord in Boston testified in court Thursday morning.

It was the first day of testimony in the trial of Alemany, who is accused of kidnapping, robbing and murdering Lord in July 2013. Prosecutors say that before abducting Lord and leaving her body in a city park, the 30-year-old Alemany attacked two other women.

Alexandra Cruz relived her frightening encounter with Alemany, who has admitted to beating her, choking her, dragging her and threatening to kill her.

“He had me by my ankles, dragging me into the parking lot. When I came to, I opened my eyes and he was choking me,” Cruz said. “He told me that if I screamed he was going to kill me and leave me right there.”

Cruz said she told him that she had a son who wouldn’t have anyone if she died.

“He said that he didn’t care to know that I was going to die today,” Cruz said.

After finishing her testimony, Alemany’s defense attorney Jeffrey Denner acknowledged that his client did attack Cruz. Denner said he’s not contesting the allegations, and an insanity defense is planned.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Sun May 24, 2015 2:36 pm

May 22, 2015

Jurors took a site tour in the Edwin Alemany murder trial on Friday.

The jury was dismissed before 9:30 a.m. after the judge gave instructions on how they should conduct themselves while they are out on this field trip, tracing some of Amy Lord’s last steps with her alleged murderer.

Surveillance images show Lord at ATMs where Alemany allegedly forced her to drive and withdraw $960.

She would later be stabbed to death, and her SUV set on fire.

Alemany is accused of Lord’s murder and day one of testimony on Thursday was an emotional one.

Christina Kelleher, Lord’s co-worker and one of her close friends, was scheduled to meet Lord the day she was kidnapped and murdered. Lord never showed and Kelleher recalled hearing the news of her friend’s death.

Lord’s parents were tearful during Kelleher’s emotional testimony.

The judge says once the jury returns from the site tour, the court would recess so jurors can spend time with their families through the holiday.

Court will resume on Tuesday.

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Normal UPDATE: Edwin Alemany Found Guilty Of The 1st Degree Murder Of Amy Lord

Post by NiteSpinR on Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:48 am

6/8/15

A jury has found Edwin Alemany guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the killing of Amy Lord, rejecting his insanity defense in the South Boston woman’s death.

Prosecutors say Alemany kidnapped Lord and forced her to withdraw hundreds of dollars from five different ATMs in Dorchester and South Boston before stabbing her to death and dumping her body in Hyde Park’s Stony Brook reservation. Alemany is also facing charges of assaulting two other women that day in July, 2013.

Alemany was found guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on all charges except one—assault with intent to rape.

In Massachusetts, first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole.


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