A man who is being eyed by police for his possible involvement in the Amy Lord murder is mentally unfit to be arraigned today for allegedly punching a second woman and stabbing a third in South Boston earlier this week during the same time-frame as the attack on Lord, a judge ruled this afternoon.
“This gentleman is not in any state of mind to be arraigned,” South Boston Municipal Court Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons ruled.
Edwin Alemany, 28, of Boston was examined by a mental health specialist, who concluded Alemany was overcome by his emotions and suicidal, and could not help his lawyer with his defense.
Dr. Stephen G. Porter, a psychiatrist, said Alemany was bleeding after pulling out stitches in his hand and lying under a bench when the doctor met him. After a long silence, Alemany said he felt like dying, Porter said.
“He hasn’t been able to speak with me barely at all today,” Alemany’s defense attorney, James Greenberg, also told the judge. Assistant District Attorney Nicole Rimar argued unsuccessfully that Alemany could “assist in this very limited proceeding.”
Lyons ordered Alemany sent to a 20-day evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. She slated another hearing for Aug. 14.
Alemany is charged with punching a woman on Old Colony Avenue near Andrew Square around 5 a.m. on Tuesday and stabbing a woman as she walked on Gates Street near Telegraph Street shortly after midnight Wednesday.
But a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said Alemany is also a “person of interest’’ in the murder of Lord, a 24-year-old South Boston woman who authorities have said was kidnapped Tuesday morning in the same area and forced to drive to five Boston banks to withdraw cash before she was murdered and her body was dumped in the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.
Lord was beaten inside her South Boston apartment building Tuesday morning before she was ordered into her Jeep by her attacker, who then forced her to drive to the banks during a 47-minute span — before fatally stabbing her, the law enforcement official said today.
The death of Lord, a Wilbraham native and Bentley University graduate, has shocked her family, friends, and neighbors in both her hometown and South Boston.
The official also said that while investigators initially believed that Lord may have been victimized by two men, Boston police homicide detectives have concluded that Lord was kidnapped, attacked, robbed, and murdered by just one man.
Boston police and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley have appealed for the public’s help in tracking Lord’s movements across the city early Tuesday. Lord was forced into her black Jeep around 6 a.m. The last time her card was used was at 6:47 a.m., police said.
At 8:37 a.m., Boston police and firefighters responded to a call for a burning car at 26 Logan Way in South Boston. They found a black Jeep registered to Lord.
At 11 a.m., someone reported Lord missing to police in South Boston after she missed an appointment. At 4:21 p.m., a man riding his bicycle through Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park found Lord’s body in the woods.
Family and friends recalled Lord as a vibrant, intelligent graduate of Bentley University who excelled at nearly everything she tried. At the time of her death, she was working as a media analyst for a digital marketing firm in the South End.
“If you had a daughter, you would want her to be like Amy,” her grandfather, Donald Lordcq, said. “She was everything you would want your daughter to be.”
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