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October 25, 2013

Jury weighs fate of Peabody woman's killer

Defense claims Chappell was insane when he killed counselor


The defense attorney then produced a list of cases dating to the 1980s in which Kelly drew the same conclusion, suggesting that Kelly was a hired gun paid to say whatever the prosecution wanted him to. Solomon, the defense attorney, called Kelly’s testimony “cherry-picking baloney.”

Instead, Solomon urged the jury to rely on the doctors who had evaluated Chappell over the years, including the defense’s expert witness, Dr. David Werner, and a court psychologist who met with Chappell on the morning of his arraignment in Chelsea District Court and concluded that he was incompetent and needed to be hospitalized.

Stephanie Moulton’s parents were present in court, as was Chappell’s mother.

Moulton’s parents, Kim Flynn and Bob Moulton, are pursuing a separate civil lawsuit against the board of directors of North Suffolk Mental Health, the private agency contracted to run the group home for Department of Mental Health clients.

The Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear arguments next month in a dispute over evidence the Moultons and their attorney are seeking in the civil case.

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

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