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April 2, 2013

Crime lab head loses post

State police lieutenant was working as consultant for defense in Beverly case

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Prosecutor Michelle DeCourcey, who recently took over the case from a prosecutor who left the office, argued that her office made the connection between Martin and the state crime lab only after she turned to the state police for help in interpreting the defense report. A trooper reviewing the report recognized Martin’s name.

The consultant expected to be called to testify for the defense is a man named Michael Maloney, a partner in Bevel, Gardner and Associates, an Oklahoma firm.

Martin has also worked as an associate for Bevel, Gardner. According to a partner in the firm, Elizabeth Bevel, Martin has been associated with the firm for “a couple of years.”

Eppley’s lawyer, Hugh Curran, argued yesterday that Martin played a limited role in analyzing evidence in the case, as a favor to Maloney.

Martin’s name also appeared in the report, which had been turned over to prosecutors last fall as part of routine discovery. But no one among the relatively young staff in the District Court prosecutor’s office recognized the name.

Then, according to DeCourcey’s motion, a state police captain contacted her last Tuesday and told her that Martin was the commander of the crime scene unit.

“Our office has received information that Detective Lt. Martin has been removed from his command on March 27, 2013,” DeCourcey wrote.

“The district attorney’s office has further received information that Detective Lt. Martin’s dual role is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.”

Procopio yesterday confirmed the accuracy of those statements.

DeCourcey went on to argue in the motion that Martin, in working for the defense, may have provided “crucial information” for the report, and that she would like an opportunity to investigate further and potentially call him as a witness.

Martin, however, is not available to testify; DeCourcey told Judge Robert Brennan that Martin is currently in Aruba.

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