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December 19, 2013

Haverhill man indicted in alleged murder

HAVERHILL — A Haverhill man has been indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury for the alleged murder of a New Hampshire resident in October.

Philip Lucas DeFusco, 21, will have his case moved to the Superior Court level, after a grand jury on Monday indicted him on a charge of murder in the death of Derric Gaines of Danville, N.H.

DeFusco was in Haverhill District Court Oct. 17 after police charged him with stabbing Gaines the evening of Oct. 16. But, DeFusco, did not show his face in court and instead stood hidden in a stairwell between the lower level holding area and the courtroom above.

DeFusco’s defense lawyer, Thomas Gleason, convinced Judge Patricia Dowling to allow him to remain hidden from public view — although close enough to hear the proceedings — saying there were questions about his identification as a suspect.

Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said there was no identification issue and that DeFusco’s stepmother told police she thought he had been involved in a stabbing.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said the charge of murder can only be tried in the Superior Court. She said that as of yesterday, DeFusco’s arraignment date in Superior Court had not been scheduled.

DeFusco, of 45 Locust St., Apt. 716, has been held without bail since his arraignment in Haverhill.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Oct. 16 at approximately 8:23 p.m., officers responded to High Street for a report of a man with multiple stab wounds. Police found Derric Gaines, 25, of Danville, N.H., lying on the sidewalk, bleeding profusely. Gaines was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital a short time later, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan.

Haverhill police issued a bulletin to be on the lookout for a black 1998 Honda Accord with a New Hampshire license plate wanted in connection with the murder.

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