Erika Murray, 35, was found not guilty of murder in what’s being called the Blackstone ‘House of Horrors’ trial by a judge following a two-week-long bench trial.
Murray was, however, found guilty of two counts each of assault and battery on a child and animal cruelty.
After the decision was read, both Blackstone Acting Police Chief Gregory Gilmore and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. commented on the outcome in statements.
Here’s what they said:
Blackstone Acting Police Chief Gregory Gilmore
“On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Blackstone Police Department who worked on this incredibly complex, disturbing and difficult case over the past five years, I would like to express my appreciation to the Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s Office. This was a challenging case from the very beginning, but it has been most difficult for the children involved in this horrific situation. We also hope that with the end of this case, our community, which was shocked to our very core, can find closure.
“As acting chief of police, I would like to also personally acknowledge the outstanding work of our Blackstone Police officers and detectives as well as the State Police Detectives Unit assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and all the prosecutors who worked on the case.”
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.
“This was a very hard case with a very difficult set of facts as it always is when dealing with children who are victims. It has emotionally affected many people throughout Worcester County. We appreciate all the time and effort the judge put into her decision in this case. The court has spoken.
“I would like to thank the Blackstone Police Department, the State police detectives and all of the state police employees who worked so hard on this case. And also, I’d like to thank our prosecutor Chris Hodgens for all his hard work.”