, Salem, MA

July 23, 2013

Beverly man facing assault charges after man sent to hospital


---- — BEVERLY — A Beverly man is being held without bail after allegedly beating a man so severely he had to be hospitalized Saturday evening.

Ronnie Marston, 29, of 22 Bartlett St., yelled “I’m not guilty” after a Salem District Court clerk read a list of charges that include multiple counts of assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as breaking and entering, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

Prosecutor Quentin Weld, citing a Beverly police report, said officers were called to a home on Stone Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. and were flagged down outside by two people, a man and a woman, both with visible injuries.

The woman, who is the mother of a 5-year-old child with Marston, said the two had been arguing over visitation all day and that she had finally turned the girl over to him earlier that evening.

She said she then left to go to a store. Meanwhile, a male friend was sleeping in her bed. He told police Marston suddenly walked into the bedroom yelling “Do you know who I am?” and then began beating and punching the man.

Then, outside, he spotted his former girlfriend, and went after her, throwing her to the ground and slamming her head onto the pavement, Weld told the court.

Police went to Marston’s home, where they found the 5-year-old asleep on a couch, but not Marston. He was later found and arrested.

The man who was beaten was taken to Beverly Hospital, where, said Weld, he was found to be suffering from internal bleeding, an injury that left him unable to see out of one eye, and a jaw injury.

Defense lawyer Christopher Beares said Marston denies the allegations, and noted that both of the alleged victims have their own legal issues at the moment, including assault charges that are pending against the man.

He also noted that there was no sign of forced entry to the apartment.

But Judge Michael Lauranzano found probable cause to detain Marston until a hearing on whether he poses a danger to the public if released. That hearing is scheduled for next Monday.

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