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April 4, 2013

Judge blames Beverly police

Brennan says department's 'utter lack of follow-up' led to acquittal in assault case

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The defense lawyer put the officers on his witness list but later decided not to call any witnesses at all.

Beverly police Chief Mark Ray did not respond to messages left at his office and on his cellphone late yesterday afternoon.

The victim, who has asked not to be identified, said yesterday that the outcome of the case was “really upsetting.”

The victim said he believes the prosecutors did “an amazing job” with the case they were handed, and that Brennan, the judge, was fair.

“I felt the judge believed me and wishes he could have found (Eppley) guilty,” the victim said.

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

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