The brother of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who is charged with assaulting his father just before he died, will be able to return to the house where the attack allegedly occurred while he is on bail, Middlesex prosecutors said today.
Venezia said prosecutors objected to letting Kerrigan return there because Kerrigan's mother is a witness in the case. But a Woburn District Court judge ruled at a hearing today that Kerrigan can go home.
Kerrigan, a 45-year-old plumber, has a history of violence and mental illness. He was arrested last month on charges of assaulting his father, Daniel Kerrigan, 70. The father died about two hours after the struggle. Prosecutors are considering whether to bring more serious charges.
But the Kerrigan family has disputed a medical examiner's ruling that Daniel Kerrigan died as a result of a struggle with his son, saying that Kerrigan had a preexisting heart condition.
If he is released, Mark Kerrigan will be under home confinement, subject to GPS monitoring, and will only have certain reasons he can leave the home. He will also be subjected to random drug and alcohol sceening and mental health counseling, Venezia said.
Venezia said she didn't know when the Bridgewater evaluation would be complete.
Neither Nancy Sterling, a spokeswoman for the family, nor Janice Bassil, Mark Kerrigan's lawyer, immediately returned messages seeking comment.
On the beat
Columnist Shirley Leung says Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh should focus on middle-class housing. Read more