Michael McCarthy convicted of murder in 2-year-old Bella Bond's death

Michael McCarthy found guilty of second-degree murder for death of Bella Bond

When the jury announced the verdict, McCarthy had no reaction. The former boyfriend of Bond, Michael McCarthy, is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter, Bella Bond, who for a while was known as Baby Doe. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions on social media after she was dubbed Baby Doe by authorities trying to determine her identity.

She testified that she picked Bella up to leave but McCarthy grabbed her by the throat with both hands and said he'd kill her. The state contends that Bond was scared of McCarthy and she said he threatened to kill her.

Monday marked the fifth day of deliberations for the jury, which had the choice between saying McCarthy was not guilty, guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second degree or guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Assistant District Attorney Deakin emphasized to the jury that they must not judge McCarthy, Bond and the other individuals involved in the case as a group of addicts.

Michael McCarthy was charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of his girlfriend's daughter. "Michael McCarthy was responsible for her death, and the jury spoke".

The girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, testified that McCarthy killed her daughter. She said McCarthy hit her on the head, and when she regained consciousness, she did not recognize where she was, and McCarthy and the bag were not in the vehicle with her. McCarthy later returned to the auto, she said.

"He said it was her time to die, she was a demon", Bond said.

Second-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years in MA.

"An innocent life was not merely snuffed out, but callously discarded", Conley said.

McCarthy will be sentenced on Wednesday morning.

"Justice for Bella", the gir's godmother Megan Fewtrell said to the press. He said that she killed the child and called her statements during five days of testimony, "a web of lies". Bond is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

"As prosecutors, we wish more than anyone that every case came to us with upstanding witnesses, strong forensic evidence, and a motive unique to the offender, but real life doesn't work that way", he said.

Bond saw McCarthy punch little Bella in the stomach with such force that it bounced the toddler's "whole body" from that blow. After the trial, she will be released from jail and will serve probation for two years, according to the plea agreement.

Rachelle Bond has pleaded guilty to charges including being an accessory after the fact to murder.

McCarthy's attorney alleged that Bond was actually the murderer, and that's why she hid it from everyone she knew, including Bella's father, Amoroso. Suffolk County DA said in a flawless world, a case has upstanding witnesses; in the Baby Bella case, there were credibility issues because of the histories of drug abuse. The friend then recognized Baby Doe as Bella Bond, and called police with the information.

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