Accused Weymouth cop killer arraigned, held without bail

By John Krinjak


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QUINCY, Mass. (WLNE) — 20-year-old Emmanuel Lopes was ordered held without bail late Tuesday in the shooting deaths of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna and innocent bystander Vera Adams. 

The entire courtroom was a sea of blue, with Chesna’s colleagues from the Weymouth Police Department watching closely as Lopes was brought in in a wheelchair.

A judge entered not guilty pleas on Lope’s behalf to a slew of charges–including two counts of murder.

Prosecutors recounted the events of Sunday morning, when lopes hit a parked car. He then fled on foot, before police–including Officer Chesna–caught up with him.

"The defendant was approximately 10 to 12 feet away from him when he threw a large stone, double handed throw over his head, striking Officer Chesna in the head. Officer Chesna immediately fell to the ground and dropped his firearm. The defendant was then observed picking up that firearm and firing several times at Officer Chesna’s head and torso," said Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrison.

Prosecutors say Lopes then fled that scene, before shooting 76-year-old Vera Adams, who was inside her home. He was then arrested.

The two sides disagreed Tuesday on whether Lopes is mentally competent.

"In short I didn’t find any substantial reasons to doubt his competency," said psychologist Nicholas Petrol. 

"I’ve been unable to speak with him in any coherent fashion about anything regarding the case. He has a long and detailed history of psychiatric disorders. He has a history of reporting, at least one time, hallucinations," said defense attorney Larry Lipton. 

Lopes’ lawyer asked that he be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for further evaluation, but the judge refused that request.

A wake for Officer Chesna is being held Thursday night.

He’ll be laid to rest Friday at st. Mary’s church in Hanover.

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