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May 8, 2013

Police review why hospital released woman before stabbing death

Officers put her in hospital due to drinking; she later killed boyfriend, report says


Lovejoy told police she tried to turn him over and applied a tourniquet to his arm, then went across the hall to another apartment for help. Police said they found blood stains on the apartment door.

Paul was transported to Merrimack Valley Hospital, where yesterday at 12:52 a.m. he was pronounced dead. Police said a doctor at the hospital described his injury as a “through and through” wound that went through his left rear tricep and exited the arm, nicking his upper torso. The doctor told police that Paul’s arm would have been flush against his body in order for the entry and exit wound to line up and that loss of blood was a major contributor to his death.

Police said that based on the location and depth of Paul’s penetrating wound, it was not consistent with a self-inflicted injury.

According to the police report, people living nearby said that an hour earlier they heard a woman’s voice coming from the apartment say “get out,” then heard two slams on the wall and the sounds of a man and woman arguing. The neighbors said it seemed like Paul was “on something often” and that on prior occasions they noticed “strange smells,” possibly from drugs, coming from the apartment next door, according to the police report.

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