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Commonwealth v. Field (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-126-17)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030;   SJC-11403   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  EUNICE M. FIELD.       Plymouth.     March 10, 2017. – August 1, 2017.   Present:  Gants, C.J., Hines, Lowy, & Budd, JJ.     Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel, Admissions and confessions, Voluntariness of statement.  Mental Impairment.  Evidence, Admissions and confessions, Voluntariness of statement, Videotape, Competency.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Assistance of counsel, Admissions and confessions, Voluntariness of statement, Competency to stand trial.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on October 21, 2010.   The case was tried before Charles J. Hely, J., and a motion for a new trial, filed on June 16, 2014, was heard by him.     Elizabeth Caddick for the defendant. Stacey L. Gauthier, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.     LOWY, J.  In August, 2010, the victim, Lorraine Wachsman, was stabbed to death.  A jury in the Superior Court found the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree on theories of deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty.  The defendant appeals from her conviction and from the denial of her motion for a new trial. Background.  We recite the facts the jury could have found in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, reserving certain details for our analysis of the issues. The defendant, who was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder, and who had a history of substance abuse, came to know the victim through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  The defendant and the victim had a strained relationship for some time leading up to the victim’s death.  The victim was close with the defendant’s former longtime girl friend and acted as the girl friend’s AA “sponsor.”  The defendant blamed the victim for the defendant’s romantic relationship with the girl friend ending in early 2010.  Even before the events leading to the end of her romantic relationship with the girl friend, the defendant harbored resentment toward the victim.  According to the defendant, the victim prevented her from visiting a sick mutual friend in the hospital, prior to that friend’s death. On the night before the victim’s death, the defendant telephoned the victim and arranged to meet her the following morning.  That night, the defendant wrote on her page on the Web site Facebook, “Tic toc, tic toc.  I’m going to finish my book tomorrow.  You’re all going to be real interested in it […]


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