Man charged in Amy Lord's death held without bail
SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The man charged with kidnapping and killing a 24-year-old South Boston woman has been ordered held without bail.
A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Edwin Alemany, who is charged with murder in the July 23 stabbing death of Amy Lord.
Alemany’s lawyer said he tried to kill himself in jail Wednesday night by attempting to cut his arms and his neck. His attorney said Alemany has a long history of serious mental health disorders. A court-appointed psychologist testified Alemany reported hearing voices in the courtroom.
“He has a long history of trying to hurt himself,” said his attorney.
Attorneys for Alemany argued it’s not a ploy for an insanity defense. Instead, they said the 28-year-old has been off his prescription medicine. He is competent to appear in court, but “clearly” suffering from a mental illness.
“Competence and mental illness are apples and oranges. He has a long history of documented mental illness,” said his attorney.
“We have focused on investigating our case. What the defense wait will be, we’ll find that out in the days, weeks and months ahead,” said his attorney.
A large group of Alemany’s family members were at the arraignment.
“The family would tell you that he was a terrific kid who, from an early age, was very distressed and when he was on his medication he would do reasonably well -- when the medications were monitored correctly. And he got off his medications he would not do very well,” said Alemany’s attorney, Jeffrey Denner.
Prosecutors called Wednesday night’s suicide attempt superficial, but didn’t object to Alemany being sent back to Bridgewater State Hospital.
“We’re focused on investigating our case. What the defense’s weight will be, we’ll find out in the days, weeks and months ahead,” said prosecutor John Pappas.
Prosecutors also said Alemany went on a 24-hour rampage late last month in South Boston. He kidnapped Lord on July 23 and forced her to withdraw money from five ATMs before killing her. They said surveillance video from at least one -- if not two or more -- of those transactions shows Lord’s face with what they called obvious injuries.
“She had been stabbed numerous times and been beaten and strangled,” said defense attorney.
Lord’s body was found at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.
Alemany then started spending the money, telling friends he won it playing the lottery.
Alemany’s court appearance Thursday comes a day after his arraignment for two other violent assaults in South Boston within the same 24-hour period Lord was killed. He was held on $3 million bail for those attacks.
“A beautiful young woman is dead and regardless of who is or who is not responsible, that is a horrible thing,” said
Alemany is set to return to court in November.