BOSTON (CBS) – Edwin Alemany has been seen in court, but never heard before quietly pleading not guilty to the murder of Amy Lord as anguished family and friends looked on in court. The details of her last hours were laid out as she was beaten at her South Boston apartment, abducted and forced to withdraw cash from ATM machines. She was then killed and her body dumped in a Hyde Park reservation, her Jeep Cherokee later torched.
It’s been more than the family can bear. “They are a strong family and if anything will get them through this, there’s a lot of love in that family,” said friend Martin Dusel.
Prosecutors say Alemany even went drinking with friends after the murder and spent Amy Lord’s money on scratch tickets and a cellphone. “The homicide of Amy Lord is savage and brutal, and not the beginning or the end of defendant’s violent spree,” said Assistant Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas.
Three other women were attacked in what prosecutors say were “blitz style” assaults. Two women were attacked within a 24 hour period of Amy Lord, a third woman was assaulted a year ago, managing to grab Alemany’s wallet and turn it into police in a case that detectives failed to follow up.
Alemany’s attorney Jeffrey Denner didn’t even plead for bail saying his client shouldn’t be out on the streets. “Mr. Alemany has a long history of psychiatric illness. He’s a deeply, deeply disturbed individual,” he said.
Alemany is being held at Bridgewater State Hospital with a trial date set for next December.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports