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Medford man indicted for perjury in August beating death on Salem Street

Posted by Matt Byrne  February 15, 2011 08:30 AM

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An alleged witness to the August beating death of a Weymouth man on Salem Street in Medford was indicted yesterday on perjury charges connected to the investigation, authorities said.

Roger Beattie, 32, of Medford, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury and will be arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court on two counts of lying under oath, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone.

According to authorities, Beattie witnessed the August 28 beating death of Brian Fahy, 28, of Weymouth in a house on Salem Street and lied about it. Christopher Toppi, 28, of Medford, turned himself in shortly after the death and was charged with one count of murder.

Leone's office said authorities believe that Beattie, who lived at the apartment with Toppi at 382 Salem St. where the beating occurred, called Toppi to notify him that the victim was at the apartment.

Allegedly, Toppi then returned home in the early on the morning of Aug. 28, spoke to Beattie in the doorway of the residence before Toppi "went upstairs and fatally beat the victim," Leone's office said.

Authorities allege Beatties saw Toppi beating the victim before he removed Toppi from the room.

Under oath, Beattie testified that he did not see Toppi at the house where the murder is alleged to have occurred.

"Beattie is also alleged to have not disclosed additional conversations he had with Toppi, specifically conversations that discussed a murder weapon," Leone's office said in the statement.

The testimony Beattie falsified were imperative to the investigation, Leone's office said. The information he allegedly withheld concerned the identity of the person who caused Fahy's death, and the "nature and existence of the weapon that was allegedly used to murder him," the statement said.

Toppi was held without bail after his arraignment. His is scheduled to appear today at 9 a.m., according to Leone's office.

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