Bella Bond murder trial closes with mom's credibility on the line

Bella Bond murder trial closes with mom's credibility on the line

Bella Bond murder trial closes with mom's credibility on the line

Rachelle Bond testified that Michael McCarthy was responsible for killing Bella, the little girl known for weeks as "Baby Doe". The defense alleges it was Rachelle who harbored freakish beliefs about demons and killed her daughter.

McCarthy's lawyer told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday that the girl's mother created a "web of lies" to blame McCarthy.

McCarthy did not take the stand in his defense.

A lawyer for the Boston man accused of murdering a toddler whose remains were found on a beach in 2015, sparking a months-long effort to identify "Baby Doe", told a jury that the girl's mother, and not his client, killed the child.

In June 2015 the girl's unidentified body, a zebra-print blanket and polka dot leggings were found on Deer Island, about eight miles east of Boston's Logan Airport. The prosecution's case relied heavily on testimony from Rachelle Bond, 41, who pleaded guilty pre-trial to being an accessory after the fact to murder and theft of over $250 by false pretense. "She enhanced it, she embellished it, she dramatized it, all to make Mr. McCarthy look more guilty", Shapiro said. "You know that", Shapiro said.

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Each side will be given up to an hour and 15 minutes during closing arguments.

Rachelle said in her testimony that McCarthy had been keeping her hostage. They are also allowed to find verdicts on lesser charges of second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter against McCarthy.

He held up the weights prosecutors said McCarthy used to toss the child's body into Boston Harbor, weights which they contend come from his father's plumbing shop to which he had a key.

He mentioned how McCarthy wrote about Bella in the present tense in texts-because, Shapiro said, he believed Bella was still alive in DCF custody as Rachelle told him.

He said there was no physical evidence tying McCarthy to the crime - only Rachelle Bond's "unbelievable" testimony. "People dump bodies to cover up evidence of guilt".

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