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February 1, 2013

Man charged with attacking girlfriend, kitten

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Prosecutor Lynsey Legier asked that Reid be held without bail, pointing to his decadelong history of violence. Legier also pointed to studies that show a link between cruelty to animals and domestic abuse.

Reid’s record includes convictions for past domestic abuse, as well as assault and battery on a police officer. In an incident in Wareham in 2003, he scuffled with officers attempting to investigate a complaint against his brother, according to a police report.

In 2010, Reid was charged after repeatedly punching his then-girlfriend, with whom he has a child. Police allege that as the woman in that case called 911 from a locked bathroom, Reid used a knife to open the door and again assaulted her.

He has been the subject of six separate restraining orders, Legier told the judge.

Reid’s lawyer, Paul Woods Jr., said his client was “off his medications” for a host of issues, including bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, at the time of the incident and still has a bullet lodged inside him from a shooting.

But Woods urged the judge to release Reid on condition that he promise to take his medication, which will enable him to return to work at a job at Boston University, where he works through a temporary agency.

“How are we going to monitor that?” snapped Nestor, who granted the prosecutor’s request to keep Reid in custody at Middleton Jail.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

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

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