Everything We Know As Closing Arguments Begin
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 2:27
McCarthy was accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, otherwise known as 'Baby Doe.' A look back at the case since its beginning shows everything we know so far. A composite image of her was released by police and it was shared by millions of people around the world until she was positively identified.
Bella Bond's body was found in July 2015 washed up on a MA beach wrapped in trash bags. 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.
The defense rested their case on Monday, after McCarthy declined his right to testify. Then the jury will begin its deliberations.
Jurors now must decide between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or not guilty.
However, Bond testified earlier this month against McCarthy, saying she saw him punch the little Bella in her abdomen repeatedly until she died. The friend then recognized Baby Doe as Bella Bond, and called police with the information. He added, "There is absolutely no question that the defendant dumped Bella Bond's body".
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. During closing statements, prosecutors said that the path that led to the courtroom was the devastating world of heroin addiction that had subsumed the lives of McCarthy, Rachelle Bond, and those around them. She said McCarthy hit her on the head, and when she regained consciousness, she did not recognize where she was, and McCarthy and the bag were not in the vehicle with her. McCarthy later returned to the auto, she said.