SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 19, 2013

Peabody man indicted in stabbing

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — A man who spent time in state prison a decade ago for trying to burn down a Salem apartment house where his former girlfriend was staying could be heading back there after he was indicted this week in a stabbing.

Freedom Weymouth, 33, of Peabody is charged with attempted murder and multiple assault and battery counts, all stemming from an attack last June on a 31-year-old Lynn man who had offered to accompany Weymouth’s former girlfriend to her home because she was in fear of him.

Weymouth caught up with them on Jefferson Avenue in the early morning hours of June 30, stabbing the man seven times and then attacking his former girlfriend, who also lived in Lynn.

Weymouth has been held without bail since his arrest last summer, following the incident. The indictments handed up on Thursday move the case to Salem Superior Court, where prosecutors are expected to seek prison time.

In 2000, Weymouth was charged with tossing a bottle filled with gasoline into a North Street apartment house where his former girlfriend was staying with friends following their breakup. He later received a three-to-four year state prison term after pleading guilty to attempted arson and violating a domestic restraining order.

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