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June 12, 2014

Defense wants statements tossed in stabbing case

HAVERHILL — The defense attorney for a Haverhill woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend is trying to get statements she made to police suppressed, saying Susan Lovejoy was not advised of her Miranda rights before she was questioned by authorities.

Lovejoy, 65, is accused of stabbing Kevin Paul, 51, to death on May 6, 2013 in her 1 Water St., #306 apartment.

Her defense attorney, John Apruzzese, filed a motion to have statements she made to police thrown out, saying she was not properly advised of her Miranda rights or her right to remain silent when questioned by police. Statements she made to police were therefore “illegally and unlawfully” obtained, Apruzzese wrote.

Police give Miranda warnings to suspects before they are interrogated to preserve the admissibility of the statements in court.

A hearing on the motion to suppress is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18 and will likely take several hours. Lovejoy will be transported from MCI Framingham, where she is being held, for the hearing. Other witnesses, possibly police officers and state troopers who investigated, may testify during the hearing, according to court papers.

Police initially went to Lovejoy’s apartment on May 6, 2013 at 5 p.m. after receiving a report of a disturbance there. Officers found Lovejoy half-naked and unsteady on her feet, apparently heavily intoxicated, according to police and court papers.

“Officers asked what was wrong and Ms. Lovejoy responded in slurred speech that her boyfriend, Kevin Paul, was a womanizer and abusive,” according to a Haverhill police report, a portion of which is included with the motion to suppress.

“Ms. Lovejoy had to be prompted by officers to put her clothes on. Ms. Lovejoy was not making sense and wasn’t making full sentences,” according to the police report.

After talking to Lovejoy, and Paul, officers determined they had been arguing, and that she had too much to drink and had also taken pills, the report said. Police decided to have her taken by ambulance to Merrimack Valley Hospital for observation.

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