BOSTON, Aug. 14, 2013—The South Boston man charged in the murder of 24-year-old Amy Lord was held on $3 million cash bail today at his arraignment on non-fatal attacks on two other lone women in that neighborhood, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) was arraigned in South Boston District Court on three complaints arising out of the two attacks – one Old Colony Avenue on the morning of July 23 and one on Gates Street shortly after midnight on July 24. Suffolk Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas recommended that he be held on $1 million bail on each of three complaints, which Judge Thomas C. Horgan imposed.
Alemany is charged in the first incident with two complaints, one alleging assault with intent to murder and the other alleging assault and battery, kidnapping, and threats to commit a crime. Pappas told the court that Alemany approached an adult female as she walked to work at about 5:00 a.m. He allegedly punched her in the face and dragged her by the legs into a nearby parking lot. When the victim told him to “take everything,” he allegedly told her “I’m not robbing you. I’m here to kill you.” Alemany allegedly held the woman by the neck and looked her over before stating that she wasn’t the person he was looking for. He allegedly told her not to tell police about the attack.
Alemany is additionally charged with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the second incident, in which Pappas said Alemany rushed a woman as she entered her Gates Street building a few minutes after midnight. He allegedly stabbed her repeatedly in the torso, neck, face, and neck but fled when she began to scream. Alemany has been linked to this attack through forensic testing, but was arrested at Tufts Medical Center, where he presented with a serious laceration to his hand and was observed to match the description of the victim’s attacker.
In the aftermath of his arrest on that attack, Pappas said, Alemany was also identified by the Old Colony Avenue victim after Boston Police presented her with a photo array.
Alemany was first brought to South Boston court on July 25 but was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital after a court clinician recommended a 20-day competency evaluation. In the days that followed, police and prosecutors investigating the homicide of Amy Lord at the Stony Brook reservation developed witness statements, surveillance imagery, and forensic evidence implicating Alemany in that crime as well. They obtained an additional complaint charging him with murder, for which he will be arraigned tomorrow in West Roxbury District Court.
Katherine Moran is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Alemany is represented by attorney Jeffrey Denner. He will return to South Boston court on Nov. 13.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.