Closing arguments set for murder trial over Baby Doe's death

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

The jury in the trial of the man accused of killing the little girl the world once only knew as "Baby Doe" is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday after the defense rested its case Monday.

McCarthy was accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond in 2015, the daughter of his former girlfriend Rachelle Bond.

Besides, she said, "I think they just know each other better than I do".

"She explained to everyone that Bella was somewhere else", Shapiro said.

For a manslaughter verdict, jurors must unanimously agree that prosecutor David Deakin proved beyond a reasonable doubt that McCarthy killed the 2-year-old by wanton, reckless conduct or intentionally battering her to death or both in her twin bed in Dorchester.

Shapiro showed jurors a selfie Rachelle Bond sticking her tongue out in September 2015.

The girl's mother says McCarthy punched Bella in the abdomen repeatedly until she died in 2015.

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The defense attorney recalled the events described in testimony weeks ago, when Rachelle told McCarthy's childhood friend, Michael Sprinsky, that McCarthy had killed Bella.

"Motive is not an element of this case", Sanders said she will tell jurors.

"Michael McCarthy loved Bella", Shapiro told the court.

"Each of the forensic scientists testified that he or she didn't find anything that connected Mr. McCarthy and this crime, " Shapiro said. He also said Bond blamed him to cover herself.

The jury will be allowed to consider involuntary manslaughter in addition to first and second degree murder.

The defense rested on Monday without McCarthy taking the stand. The little girl's remains were found washed ashore on Deer Island on June 25 of that year.

Those who testified in the trial were not able to sit in the gallery during proceedings for the last few weeks-but with testimony over, many of them were in court for the closing arguments Tuesday. The trial included 15 days of evidence, 26 witnesses for the prosecutor, eight witnesses for the defendant and 169 exhibits.

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