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Merrimack Valley

August 20, 2013

Local rep. calls for DA to resign

ANDOVER — An Andover state representative is calling for the resignation of Middlesex County’s district attorney for her handling of a high-profile murder case last week, but a local law expert says a decision that led to the murder isn’t so cut and dry.

Last Friday, Jared Remy, 34-year-old son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, pleaded innocent in Waltham District Court to murder and domestic assault and battery. He stands accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Martel, Thursday night.

State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, said a review of the case that Remy’s past “shows that he assaulted women, was charged with assault and battery on women on four separate occasions.”

Remy was arrested just days before Martel was slain and released Wednesday without bail in an open assault and battery case in which Martel was the alleged victim, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

Even with his violent past, “the Middlesex District Attorney’s office released him on Wednesday without a dangerousness hearing and without any bail requirement,” Lyons said. “The fact that the District Attorney’s Office let this man walk free after beating his girlfriend on Tuesday night is a total lack of competence.”

Lyons said responsibility for the death “of this young woman solely rests with the criminal who committed the act.”

However, “this was a victim of domestic violence who reached out to the system, and the system totally failed her,” Lyons said.

Massachusetts School of Law Associate Dean Michael Coyne said that in hindsight, “a mistake was made” by releasing Remy,

However, said a closer look at the elements behind the decision by Ryan’s office, Coyne said, could make Ryan’s call “much closer and, potentially, understandable.”

Though Remy has a violent criminal history, including a total of 15 criminal charges since 1998 according to Waltham court records, there was no active restraining order against him, Ryan has said.

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