Closing arguments set for murder trial over Baby Doe’s death

The defense may rest its case Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor island.

Michael McCarthy faces a first-degree murder charge in little Bella’s death.

Besides, she said, “I think they just know each other better than I do”.

Jonathan Shapiro, McCarthy’s defense attorney, told jurors that Bond killed the child.

For a manslaughter verdict, jurors must unanimously agree that prosecutor David Deakin proved beyond a reasonable doubt that McCarthy killed the 2-year-old by wanton, reckless conduct or intentionally battering her to death or both in her twin bed in Dorchester.

Rachelle Bond in court.

BOSTON A lawyer for the Boston man accused of murdering a toddler whose remains were found on a beach in 2015, sparking a months-long effort to identify “Baby Doe“, told the jury hearing the case that the girl’s mother, and not his client, killed the child.

Jurors on Thursday heard McCarthy’s recorded interview with police in which he denies killing Bella.

“The story she told was clearly made up to cover her own guilt”.

“It was a web of lies, ” Shapiro told jurors.

“Each of the forensic scientists testified that he or she didn’t find anything that connected Mr. McCarthy and this crime, ” Shapiro said. “She bounced. She bounced up and came back down”, Bond said at Suffolk County Superior Court.

The defense rested their case on Monday, after McCarthy declined his right to testify.

Bella’s body was found wrapped in a trash bag on Deer Island, but for months no one knew who she was. It’s expected that the judge will give the jury lengthy instructions, and with the added charge of involuntary manslaughter, they have a lot to consider.

During the course of the trial, 169 pieces of evidence were introduced, and 34 witnesses testified. If jurors find neither theory was proven, they could still convict McCarthy of second-degree murder, which would mean a life sentence, with a chance of parole in 15 years.