July 25, 2013 Boston Massachusetts — The arraignment for the man accused of attacking two women in South Boston was postponed Thursday after the court psychiatrist said he was suicidal. The suspect is also a person of interest in the death of another South Boston woman, according to a 7News source.
Officers arrested Edwin Alemany, 28, for two attacks in South Boston, including a stabbing on Gates Street, earlier this week.
A court psychiatrist tried to interview Alemany in a holding cell in the courthouse Thursday afternoon. The psychiatrist found Alemany hiding under a bench bleeding after pulling out the stitches in his hand.
“He was lying under a bench in his cell. He had apparently removed stitches from the hand,” said Dr. Stephen Porter, a court psychiatrist.
A source told 7News Alemany is a person of interest in the death of Amy Lord, 24, whose body was found Tuesday at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. The source said Lord was assaulted and held in her South Boston apartment Tuesday morning. Later, Lord was driven to several ATMs to withdraw money, before she was stabbed to death.
Investigators found her car burned on Logan Way in South Boston Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, a bicyclist found her body in a wooded area of the Stony Brook Reservation.
In court Thursday, prosecutors said Alemany is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal record that dates back to 1999, including assaulting a nurse at a Boston hospital in 2003.
“He has entries for violent crimes continuing into his adult record, which include an unprovoked stabbing,” said Prosecutor Nicole Rimar.
Dr. Porter says Alemany is suicidal.
“It is my opinion that he is overcome by emotions right now. That he is suicidal. That he is not in a state of mind where he can cooperate with his attorney in preparation for his defense,” said Dr. Porter.
Police continued to collect clues in connection with Lord’s death Thursday. Flowers were left outside of her apartment building.
Alemany’s defense attorney, James Greenberg, said he had no comment on Alemany’s connection to Lord’s death.
“I have no idea about these crimes, again I have just started to represent this young man,” said Greenberg.
Alemany is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. He is due back in court next month.
No arrests have been made in Lord’s death. Prosecutors are not commenting on whether or not they have any leads.
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