Revere Murder Suspect To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

CHELSEA (AP) — A 27-year-old man accused of killing a counselor at a Revere mental health facility and dumping her body at a church parking lot in Lynn is being held without bail as experts determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

A plea of not guilty was entered Friday on behalf of Deshawn James Chapell of Chelsea on a charge of murder. A Chelsea District Court clinician described him as schizophrenic and a judge sent him off to Bridgewater State Hospital for mental health evaluation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.

Authorities say an investigation shows Chapell stabbed 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton of Peabody at the North Suffolk Mental Health Association on Thursday. The victim’s body was found later near St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

Chapell was a resident at the privately run mental health facility. He was arrested in Boston.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

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  • Ellen

    Don’t they have any kind of security at these State hospitals? For God sakes they are dealing with mentally ill people, and one would think that security would be their top priority.

  • Hal

    These are not state hospitals .the state got out of the busniness years ago they are all contractors

    • Martha

      But North Suffolk Mental Health is funded by the state and has protocol to avoid such situations so it does make you wonder…

  • Di

    Hal…. Where did you get your information ? There are still FOUR state psychiatric hospitals and they ARE run by the Commonwealth.

  • Stop Violent Doctors

    The state medical center, UMass Memorial Medical Center and DMH have a long history of failing to protect patients and providers. Some of the most violent people are the UMass and DMH psychiatrists. They are only interested in their careers and making money. They actively interfere with safety, especially for women providers.

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