Fall River woman previously charged in 2020 love triangle murder apprehended

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that a Fall River woman who was previously charged in connected to a 2020 love triangle murder was apprehended.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn said Jessica Brophy, who was wanted by the Fall River District Court for violating her probation, was apprehended Wednesday in Fall River.

She was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 26 on a charge of accessory after the fact.

Brophy was first arraigned in Fall River Superior Court Wednesday on the accessory indictment and bail was set at $5,000. She’s due back in court next month.

In this case, Brophy, who’s 30 years old, is accused of getting rid of the weapon that was used in the murder, cleaning up evidence, hiding bloody clothes, and helping Nathan Silva avoid arrest in the fatal stabbing of Jorge Vieira.

She was convicted last month of voluntary manslaughter and is currently serving a 13 to 16 year state prison sentence.

Also Wednesday, she was taken to Fall River District Court on the probation violation matter, said Quinn.

In this case, the district attorney said the 30-year-old was initially placed on three years of probation in 2020 after being convicted of the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute for misleading and obstruction the investigation into the killing of Vieira.

Quinn said she’s accused of violating the terms of her probation several times during the past two years.

Brophy was held without bail on her probation violation warrants and scheduled a probation violation hearing in March.

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