A Massachusetts jury has found a man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of “Baby Doe” Bella Bond.
Michael McCarthy was accused of killing the daughter of his ex-girlfriend Rachelle Bond, who testified against him.
Prosecutors had charged McCarthy with first-degree murder, but the judge said jurors could also consider two lesser charges — second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Bella Bond’s body washed ashore on a Boston Harbor island in June 2015. Bella was known for months as “Baby Doe” as investigators struggled to identify her.
A jury found Michael McCarthy guilty of second-degree murder in the death of “Baby Doe” Bella Bond.
A composite image of the little girl was shared by millions on social media, and she was identified later that year.
During closing arguments, a prosecutor conceded Rachelle Bond behaved badly but said there’s no evidence she killed her daughter. She had admitted to lying about her daughter’s whereabouts after the girl was killed.
She also said in court that she and McCarthy used heroin heavily following her daughter’s death and that she lied partly to keep the public benefits that helped fuel their addiction.
Bella Bond was known for months as “Baby Doe” as investigators struggled to identify her.
Rachelle Bond testified that McCarthy punched Bella in the stomach repeatedly until she died. McCarthy’s lawyer argued that Rachelle Bond was a “monster” and that the prosecution made a deal with the devil in order to put McCarthy on trial.
McCarthy did not take the stand in his own defense, but jurors heard his recorded interview with police in which he denies killing Bella.
Deliberations in the murder trial started on Tuesday.
Rachelle Bond testifies in Suffolk Superior Court on June 5.
Under a second-degree murder conviction, a person is eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison.
McCarthy will be sentenced Wednesday.
With News Wire Services