WOBURN (CBS/AP) – Nancy Kerrigan’s mother took the witness stand and broke down in tears at her son’s manslaughter trial Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Kerrigan is charged with manslaughter in the death of his father, 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan.

WBZ Newsradio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Brenda Kerrigan, who said Wednesday would have been her 48th wedding anniversary, was the only witness to the fight between Mark and Daniel Kerrigan the night Daniel Kerrigan died in their Stoneham home.

She told the court that her husband was unusually tired, and complained that his neck hurt hours before he died.

She then broke down in tears as she recounted the fight.

“Then Danny fell, just went Boom!” she told the court, pausing to compose herself during the emotional testimony.

“He fell down just like a feather coming right out of the sky.”

The judge then called for a recess and ended testimony for the day.

Brenda Kerrigan is expected back on the stand Thursday.

Watch: Brenda Kerrigan testifies about the fight

Prosecutors finished presenting their case Wednesday morning, the third day of testimony.

The final prosecution witness was the chief medical examiner of Massachusetts.

Dr. Henry Nields said he believes Daniel Kerrigan’s fatal cardiac dysrhythmia — a loss or interruption of a normal heartbeat — was brought on by the altercation with his son.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports.

However, during cross-examination by Mark Kerrigan’s lawyers, Nields acknowledged that because Daniel Kerrigan had severe blockage of his coronary arteries, the emotional stress alone of arguing with his son could have caused his heart to fail.

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Comments (12)
  1. Denise says:

    I like the “he believes” it was the fight – but it could have been the emotional stress too!!! hmmmmm…. sounds like a slam dunk case to me!

  2. Denise says:

    I think what bugs me the most about this case is it all seems to be about Nancy Kerrigan! It’s Nancy Kerrigan’s Mother… Nancy Kerrigan will testify… Nancy Kerrigan blah blah blah…. The mother said he wasn’t feeling well before the altercation… so he probably would have had a heart attack eventually anyways! Let these pour people of Nancy Kerrigans mourn the loss of her father!!!!!

  3. Denise says:

    Pour people… Guess I was thinking of having a drink after reading about this case again!!! lol…

  4. Deb says:

    I agree, leave these people alone. Why would the family cover up for the son if he was esponsible for killing his dad. I just don’t see that happening. They quite obviously believe that Mr. Kerrigan did NOT die because of the altercation.

    JUST LET IT BE !!!! The entire family including I’m sure Mark has suffered enough.

    1. patty says:

      It’s obvious that Mark caused his father’s death. He had his hands around his neck. Let us not forget that Mrs.Kerrigan is legally blind. I’m sure that Mr. Kerrigan did not “fall like a feather”.

      1. Victoriaellen says:

        No, it’s NOT obvious. He wasn’t choked, he had a heart attack.

      2. patty says:

        Yes… Brought on by a crushed larynx from being choked and then wrestled to the floor. Not everyone in the Kerriigan family believes that Mark is innocent.
        You will notice that his brother hasn’t been lending any words of support.

  5. DeeGee says:

    Hmm they didn’t mind all the coverage when she was tapped in the knee. And, as I said in a prior post the other day, if someone broke in, and the same exact thing happened and the father died would they have excused that person? Or would that person have been a murderer? Talk about denial. I don’t hear anyone yelling, “why him, why us” “WHY ME” Oh man I crack myself up!

  6. Rick Plouffe says:


    You do a great job as a reporter and have for many years, but PLEASE – it’s the “Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn” not the “Woburn Superior Court”.

  7. john says:

    This whole thing makes no sense. So if I had gotten in a fight with Kerrigan over a parking spot and he died..Id then be guilty of manslaughter??? Somebody explain this to me. Im never getting in a fight with anyone again. Ill get thrown in jail if they die. This case shouldnt even be in a court room. Rediculous.

  8. Denise says:

    Ya like I said before.. my husband says I nag him to death! I better watch out if he drops dead one of these days!!!

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