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December 11, 2013

'Person of interest' in grisly murder held on probation violation

Bail set at $100K for Newburyport man returned from Calif.


Upon an agreement yesterday between DePaulo and Cummings’ defense lawyer, William Keefe of Boston, bail was set without prejudice, meaning Cummings’ lawyer can request a reduction in bail at any future hearing.

According to officials in Haverhill District Court, Cummings violated the terms of his probation on a case of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Officials said Cummings was found guilty of the charges on Oct. 11, 2012 and was placed on probation for one year. Court officials said Cummings subsequently failed to pay court costs, failed to submit to mandatory drug testing and also failed to provide the court with a DNA sample.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, Cummings was arrested April 17, 2012 after members of the Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit witnessed a drug transaction on Locust Street between Cummings and a Nichols Street woman.

Police said that when they confronted them, the woman spit out a bag of cocaine that she’d purchased from Cummings. Police said they had received a tip that the woman had been buying cocaine from a man they later identified as Cummings.

According to police reports on file in Haverhill District Court, Cummings and a co-defendant, Sherwin Theodore of Haverhill, were charged last year with causing more than $16,000 in damages to the interior of a commercial space at 97 Locust St., second floor. Police said the two were renting the space for use as a recording studio.

According to a police, they responded to that address 10 times between April of 2011 and September of 2012 for reports of loud music, larceny, suspicious persons, illegally parked motor vehicles and a rental dispute.

Officers visited the business on the night of Aug. 31, 2012 after receiving a complaint about a large party. Police said a music show was taking place and alcoholic beverages were being served, although the event’s organizer had not obtained an entertainment licence and/or a temporary liquor permit to hold such an event. Police said they later returned and spoke with Cummings and another man, who agreed to shut the party down.

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