Rachelle Dee Bond, the mother of an infant known as “Baby Doe” for months after washing ashore, can testify about the supernatural powers she allegedly feared her boyfriend — who she accuses of killing the 2-year-old — possessed, a judge ruled this week, according to The Boston Herald.
After admitting to being an accessory after the fact in the girl’s September 2015 murder, Rachelle Dee Bond, 41, plans to argue fear was the key reason she did not turn in Michael P. McCarthy, 36, for the murder.
The body of Bella Bond washed up on Deer Island in Winthrop two years ago. For months she was known as “Baby Doe,” before a tipster pointed police to Bond and McCarthy.
Bond plans to point to alleged violent outbursts by McCarthy to bolster the deterrent argument at McCarthy’s murder trial, which gets underway May 22, with jury impanelment. Shortly after the girl’s death, Bond says, McCarthy beat her.
At a hearing on the case Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders also determined which of Michael P. McCarthy’s internet searches may be introduced as evidence in the trial and which may not.
McCarthy’s searches on satanic rituals, demons and aliens are fair game, while his searches on right-wing conspiracy theories and murderer and cult leader Charles Manson are not, Sanders decided.
“Charles Manson is a very well-known name that would set off alarm bells,” Sanders said, explaining why the inclusion might unfairly influence a jury, according to The Herald.
McCarthy’s attorney, Jonathan Shapiro, objected to the line of argument, according to The Herald, saying, “The prosecution is trying to paint (McCarthy) as some kind of nutcase.”
By Phil Demers