Dugan stood holding his hands at waist level, his jaw jutting upward, as Hopwood recited the grisly facts of the case. He wore a blue striped button-down shirt and had patted his dark hair down with gel for the court appearance.
Morris said Wednesday he plans to file for dismissal of all charges this month, given that animal cruelty laws apply only to acts against living animals, he said.
While Morris asked for $2,500 cash bail, acknowledging the need for “some kind of bail,” the prosecutor requested a $30,000 bail, and Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy set his bail at $20,000 cash with conditions of remaining drug and alcohol free and attending a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
“I don’t see this being a $2,500 bail case,” Lowy said.
Dugan had moved to Gloucester from Canton four years ago, when his mother and stepfather relocated here. He earned a GED, then worked as a mason and later a tuna fisherman, according to Morris.
While living in Canton, at age 17, Dugan was convicted of vehicular homicide, found guilty of drunken driving in a crash that killed his 17-year-old female passenger. He served two years on that conviction.
He faced a few other charges in district court in the past four years. A 2007 Gloucester police report notes that Dugan was also arrested on an animal cruelty charge in 2007 after breaking the legs of a past girlfriend’s dog “in a fit of rage,” according to reports at the time.
“His record, it looks longer than it is,” Morris said.
Excluding a period this winter when Dugan met bail terms, he has remained in Middleton Jail since his early December arrest.
That period of release, which lasted about six weeks after Dugan’s stepfather Eugene C. Tessicini met the terms of his $20,000 bail in late January, ended in an arrest at the Captain’s Lodge Motel. Police rearrested Dugan at the motel March 7, after Dugan admitted to taking Percocet pills, smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in the motel room.