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January 12, 2012

Killer in custody wants answer from Parole Board

PEABODY — Lawyers for convicted killer Charles "Chucky" Doucette have gone to court, asking a judge to order the state Parole Board to make a decision one way or the other whether Doucette has violated his parole.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in Salem Superior Court, says Doucette, 51, has been waiting 71/2 months, since a hearing in July before two board members, on whether his arrest on domestic abuse charges — as well as allegations that he associated with someone with a criminal record, missed Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and fell behind on his parole fees — means the revocation of his parole.

Doucette was later cleared of the domestic abuse charges and is being held in custody while he awaits a Parole Board ruling.

Doucette pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1991 execution-style shooting of Raymond Bufalino of Salem, as well as a pair of home invasions while awaiting trial, and received seven life sentences.

The Parole Board, in a controversial, split decision, voted to release him on parole in 2007.

Doucette has twice faced new criminal charges — and both times, those cases were either dismissed or he was found not guilty. The first case was an allegation of sexual assault, which was presented to a grand jury that opted not to indict.

The second case was an arrest on Valentine's Day last year, when he was accused of dragging his girlfriend with his vehicle during a domestic dispute outside his Beverly home. He was found not guilty of that allegation after a trial in May.

In July, he appeared for a hearing before two Parole Board members, and his lawyers, Scott Dullea and Eitan Goldberg, say they've heard nothing since, despite contacting the Parole Board to ask about his status.

Now they want a judge to order the board to act.

Parole Board legal counsel Timothy Dooling said yesterday that he had not received a copy of the complaint and could not comment on the status of the case.

A hearing on the request has not been scheduled.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis may be reached at 978-338-2521 or jmanganis@salemnews.com.

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