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March 13, 2014

Release sought for man charged in attempted strangling


Chapman said he wants to have Purcell evaluated for sleep disorders and possible effects of over-the-counter medications he had been taking to try to sleep, including melatonin, NyQuil and ZzzQuil.

“This is a psychiatric case,” argued Chapman, who offered to have Purcell wear a GPS bracelet if released.

Lu said he expects to rule on the issue of bail within the next couple of days.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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