No bail for man accused of killing Mass. officer, bystanderUnion Leader Wire Services
July 18. 2018 12:30PM
A judge ordered Emanuel Lopes, 20, held without bail on charges in connected with the fatal shootings of Weymouth (Mass.) Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old widow Vera Adams.
Lopes was arraigned for two counts of murder on Tuesday.
A not-guilty plea was entered on the charges against Lopes.
Authorities say Lopes struck Chesna with a rock Sunday morning, grabbed the officer’s service weapon and shot him 10 times. Chesna was investigating reports of an erratic driver and car crash.
Authorities say Lopes then shot 77-year-old widow Adams through the sliding glass door of her home.
Inside the courtroom on Tuesday, roughly 100 police officers, most of them in the deep blue uniform with the patch of the Weymouth Police Department, sat in 11 rows. Standing and sitting next to them were their counterparts from surrounding communities.
When Lopes was brought inside Quincy District Court, in a hospital gown and a wheelchair, the rows of deep blue uniforms were the first thing he saw.
Lopes had been shot in the leg by another responding officer Sunday morning.
Lopes’ next court date is Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. He will be held inside the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham, Mass.
Lopes’ court-appointed attorney, Larry Tipton, pressed for Judge Mark Coven to send Lopes to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day mental health evaluation, citing Lopes’ history of psychiatric incidents and hallucinations as a juvenile.
But the judge said while he’s willing to approve public funds for a separate evaluation, he didn’t think a trip to Bridgewater was necessary, pointing to what the mental health expert had said.
The mental health expert, who interviewed Lopes and said he was coherent, told the judge that Lopes talked about how he was abused growing up. Lopes also acknowledged that he once cut his own neck, according to the expert.
The expert added that Lopes understands the charges laid out against him and that he faces two life sentences if convicted of the murders of Chesna and Adams.
Tipton argues Lopes is not mentally competent to stand trial. Lopes’ mother, in an affidavit seeking a restraining order on her son, said she was “afraid” of him because of mental health and substance abuse issues.