WEYMOUTH (CBS) – The young man charged with a triple murder in Weymouth had lived with former New England Patriots defensive back Ronnie Lippett until last July.
Lippett, who played nine seasons with the Patriots, had taken in 18-year-old Donald Rudolph as part of a specialized foster care program through Lutheran Social Services.
Lippett and his family has been a part of the program for more than 20 years.
He says Rudolph was a troubled kid who had displayed violent tendencies.
“He had a bat and he would hit the walls and the pictures. When his mom wasn’t giving him any cigarettes, he would knock down the door and force her to give up cigarettes,” said Lippett.
Lippett says Donald lived with him until an incident last July when Donald refused to go to school.
“I woke him up that morning and he got up real fast and he punched me in my jaw. He broke my jaw. I restrained him,” Lippett said.
Lippett says Rudolph later apologized.
“I didn’t have any animosity towards him or anything. He had problems. And we were trying to help him with his problems, my wife and I,” said Lippett.
Lippett says despite Rudolph’s troubled past, he’s stunned at the charges.
“He loved his sister dearly. I just don’t understand what happened. Something drastic must have happened. He loved his sister,” Lippett said.
WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.