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Commonwealth v. Wood (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-128-16)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.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; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   14-P-1389                                       Appeals Court   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JAMES WOOD.     No. 14-P-1389.   Middlesex.     October 7, 2015. – September 16, 2016.   Present:  Katzmann, Rubin, & Wolohojian, JJ.     Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.  Evidence, Illustrative exhibit, Best and secondary.  Practice, Criminal, Instructions to jury, Argument by prosecutor.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on March 10, 2011.   The cases were tried before Sandra L. Hamlin, J.     Joseph J. Mazza for the defendant. Jessica Langsam, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth.     KATZMANN, J.  The defendant appeals from his conviction by a Superior Court jury of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury (ABDW-SBI). He challenges the admission in evidence of a compilation of portions of previously admitted exhibits that had been sequenced and highlighted by the Commonwealth, and the trial judge’s instruction on absence of right or excuse.[1]  We affirm. Background.  The  jury could have found as follows.  Around 9:20 P.M. on May 16, 2010, Carlos Serpa arrived at Lawrence Memorial Hospital suffering from multiple stab wounds:  one to his back, two to his left leg, and one to his left arm.  He had been driven to the hospital in his own vehicle[2] by his friend Michael Diceglie, who had insisted on securing Serpa medical treatment despite the latter’s protestations when he showed up bleeding at Diceglie’s front door.  Although neither Serpa nor Diceglie telephoned 911, hospital personnel notified the police as required when a patient presents as a victim of a stabbing.  When uniformed officers from the Medford police department arrived, Serpa — who was on probation following his release from prison on a sentence arising from armed robbery convictions — told the officers that he was stabbed by an unknown dark-skinned male in dark clothing, who tried to rob him as he was getting out of his vehicle in front of Diceglie’s apartment on Myrtle Street in Medford.  The officers considered Serpa’s answers to their questions to be vague and likely not entirely truthful. One of the uniformed officers then visited Myrtle Street and located a blood trail, prompting him to secure the crime scene and notify detectives.  Medford police Detectives Michael Goulding and Patricia Sullivan arrived at Myrtle Street later that same evening and began investigating the blood […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - September 16, 2016 at 11:21 pm

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Commonwealth v. Wood (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-136-14)

  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; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-10977   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  WILLIAM WOOD. Suffolk.      March 7, 2014. – August 7, 2014.   Present:  Ireland, C.J., Cordy, Botsford, Gants, & Lenk, JJ.[1]     Homicide.  Felony-Murder Rule.  Robbery.  Evidence, Third-party culprit, Relevancy and materiality, Hearsay, Prior misconduct, Joint venturer, Expert opinion, Testimony before grand jury.  Jury and Jurors.  Constitutional Law, Confrontation of witnesses.  Witness, Expert.  Perjury.  Grand Jury.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, Hearsay, Jury and jurors, Confrontation of witnesses, Argument by prosecutor, Grand jury proceedings, Conduct of prosecutor, Verdict, Question by jury, Duplicative convictions.  Joint Enterprise.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on May 4, 2004.   The cases were tried before Patrick F. Brady, J.     Stephen Neyman for the defendant. Cailin M. Campbell, Assistant District Attorney (Patrick Haggan, Assistant District Attorney, with him) for the Commonwealth.          CORDY, J.  In the early morning hours of February 13, 2004, Betsy Tripp was bound with telephone wire and murdered in her home, a condominium on Monsignor Way in the Dorchester section of Boston.  Her throat was slit.  The man who shared the condominium with her, Morris Thompson, was shot in the face, coming close to death, and losing an eye.  The perpetrators fled in a vehicle that Thompson had borrowed from a neighbor in the condominium complex and for which Thompson had the keys.  The vehicle was abandoned in the parking lot of a Dorchester elementary school and set ablaze shortly after 2 A.M. that same morning. Thompson survived his wounds and accused the defendant, William Wood, and Wood’s friend, Quincy Butler, of committing the crimes in the course of a botched kidnapping and robbery attempt.  Both were charged with murder and related crimes,[2] and were tried together.  There were four trials.  Two ended in mistrials when the jury were unable to unanimously agree on a verdict.  A third resulted in mistrial when the trial judge became ill during trial.  At the fourth trial, which is the subject of this appeal, the defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree on theories of felony-murder and extreme atrocity or cruelty.[3]  Butler was convicted of murder in the second degree, and his appeal is pending in the Appeals Court. As outlined further below, the principal witnesses for the Commonwealth were Thompson and Butler’s former roommate and girl friend at the time […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - August 8, 2014 at 2:38 am

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