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September 24, 2013

Testimony continues in Beverly slaying trial


Buso asked if she told police Vernazzaro was “enraged.” That drew an objection from Buxton, who said that there was no such reference to the word “enraged” in the woman’s statement to police.

Buso, in the presence of jurors, then announced that he wanted to re-call Dove to the stand today, after reviewing the tape recording of her interview with police.

The judge did not grant the request.

Another witness, Brent Lowry, 26, of Beverly, said Vernazzaro wanted him to come along to the park that night. “I didn’t want anything to do with it,” Lowry said. “I wasn’t going to go fight someone else’s fight.”

Earlier in the day, the jury heard from a medical examiner, Dr. Kim Springer, who testified that the fatal wound, 5 inches deep, was to Vernazzaro’s heart.

While being cross-examined by Buso, the doctor conceded that it would have been possible for the knife to enter Vernazzaro’s chest had he fallen atop it.

But on further questioning by Brennan, Springer said it was also possible that the wounds could have been inflicted by someone punching at Vernazzaro with a knife.

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

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