BOSTON, Aug. 15, 2013—Amy Lord’s alleged killer abducted her from her South Boston home, drove her to multiple banks to withdraw money, stabbed her to death, and then set her car on fire, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said at the man’s murder arraignment today.
West Roxbury District Court Judge Kathleen Coffey granted prosecutors’ requests that EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) be held without bail pending trial. She also ordered him to return to Bridgewater State Hospital for further observation. Alemany is charged in West Roxbury with one count of murder.
Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, Conley’s chief trial counsel, led the proceedings, which marked the first time prosecutors have spoken publicly about the sequence of events that preceded and followed Lord’s death.
Lord’s vehicle was found ablaze just after 8:30 a.m. on July 24 in the area of Sterling Square in South Boston. A few hours later, Boston Police received a missing persons report arising out of Lord’s failure to meet a friend at her usual bus stop, go to the gym as she usually did, or arrive at work that morning.
Lord’s remains were discovered in a wooded area of the Stony Brook Reservation later that afternoon. She had been beaten, strangled, and stabbed.
As part of the investigation, detectives reviewed Lord’s banking records and found that her account had been accessed five times at various automated teller machines. Investigators recovered video surveillance images from those locations, which show Lord in the company of another person whom prosecutors say was Alemany. Hours later, however, Alemany was seen alone in her vehicle.
Video surveillance imagery also shows what investigators believe to be Lord’s abduction from her building just before 5:40 that morning, and additional surveillance also depicts Alemany spending a large amount of money at a store in South Boston after they believe Lord was slain.
Additionally, investigators have developed physical evidence that provides a forensic link between Alemany’s clothing and Amy Lord.
Katherine Moran is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Alemany is represented by attorney Jeffrey Denner. He is due back in West Roxbury court on the murder charge on Nov. 13, and in South Boston court the same day in connection with two additional non-fatal attacks on lone women in South Boston during the same 24-hour period.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.