“For the safety of the officer and his own safety, he (the police officer) used non-lethal force to stop him from getting inside that house, where additional weapons may have been,” Hinds said. She said Lima was taken into custody, and while officers were discussing the firearm, Lima interjected and told them that he would rather be tased than shot because he had been shot before and that was the reason he was carrying the gun.
Edwards reminded jurors of witnesses who said that Lima did not run until he heard one of the police officers say, “Grab Lima.” Witnesses testified that Lima’s hands were swinging as he ran and were empty, she said.
Lima’s defense attorney Yvette Ross Edwards told the jury there was no evidence about any testing for latent fingerprints or any DNA.
Edwards asked jurors to use their common sense in asking why no testing was done, and use that same common sense to find Lima not guilty.
After the not guilty verdict, District Judge Wilma Lewis vacated all conditions of restraint against Lima, who had been released on bail.
While the stabbing occurred on Grove Street, both injured men were taken to Merrimack Valley Hospital by a third person. The third person was not identified by police.
The other city murders this year include two men killed July 23 during what police said was a drug-related home invasion of a River Street apartment.
William Melchionda, 19, of Haverhill, and Anddy Guzman, 20, of Lawrence, were shot to death during the home invasion of Melchionda’s ground-floor apartment at 629-635 River St. Two other were wounded in the shootings, police said.
Martha McDermott, 36, of 180 Drakeshire Road, Hampton, N.H., and her husband — Kristin Broderick, 37, of Houston, Texas — were found shot to death Jan. 11 in a vehicle in the parking lot at Winnekenni Castle in an apparent murder-suicide. Broderick was a former Haverhill resident with several relatives in the city.