Man convicted in ‘Baby Doe’ case won’t get verdict reduced

Defendant Michael P. McCarthy looks at his attorney Jonathan Shapiro after a guilty of second degree murder against him at Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, June 26, 2017. McCarthy was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the death of Bella Bond, a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)
Michael McCarthy was convicted in the 2015 killing of 2-year-old Bella Bond. –Matt West / The Boston Herald via AP, Pool

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has denied a bid for a reduced verdict by a man convicted of killing a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.

The judge on Friday rejected Michael McCarthy’s request to have the jury’s verdict of second-degree murder reduced to manslaughter. The judge said there was “ample evidence” to find the murder verdict.

McCarthy was convicted last June in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, the daughter of his girlfriend at the time. A computer-generated image of Bella was shared by millions on social media as authorities scrambled to identify her.

McCarthy’s lawyer had argued at trial that Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, was the real killer.

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