Closing argument: 'Rachelle Bond made up the story she told you'
Jun 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
A defense lawyer for Michael McCarthy, 37, in his closing argument on Tuesday, said McCarthy's former girlfriend, Rachelle Bond, was responsible for killing 2-1/2-year-old Bella Bond, whose plastic-wrapped body was dumped in Massachusetts Bay.
Rachelle Bond testified on Monday, June 5, 2017, that she helped assist McCarthy of disposing of her daughter's body in 2015.
The judge told the jury they could consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the case, which would mean McCarthy killed Bella though reckless behavior, or by intentionally beating her to death. The friend then recognized Baby Doe as Bella Bond, and called police with the information.
Michael McCarthy is charged with first degree murder in the death of Bella Bond in 2015.
Bond pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory to murder after the fact and testified under a plea deal with prosecutors.
Jurors were expected to begin deliberating Tuesday afternoon.
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Jurors on Thursday heard McCarthy's recorded interview with police in which he denies killing Bella.
Bond testified that five minutes later she went to her daughter's room and McCarthy had punched Bella in the stomach. Authorities couldn't identify her from her remains and so produced a composite image of her to try and ascertain her identity, earning her the name 'Baby Doe'. If McCarthy is convicted of that charge, he could still face up to 20 years in prison.
"Motive is not an element of this case", Sanders said she will tell jurors.
That night McCarthy injected Bond with heroin in her neck, and later brought her to his auto, she said on the stand. Prosecutors say McCarthy tossed her into the South Boston cruise ship channel in a duffel bag weighted with barbells that tore open.