Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Bella Bond's Killer Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

Bella Bond's Killer Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

The man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl known as "Baby Doe" after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island has been found guilty.

Bond pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact for helping McCarthy dispose of Bella's body. An acquaintance of the couple tipped off police that the little girl had not been seen for a while, and her mother had claimed her daughter had been taken by child services. He faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

A jury deliberated for five days before returning the guilty verdict. A jury convicted him Monday.

Suffolk County prosecutors said McCarthy, the then-boyfriend of Bella's mother Rachelle Bond, killed Bella, put the toddler's body in a trash bag and dumped it into the water near Deer Island.

Rachelle Bond is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

"It was clear to us that Rachelle Bond loved the little girl, but at the same time she also let that little girl down terribly, but that doesn't make her a murderer".

"He said, 'It was her time to die".

"They charged the wrong person and the jury convicted the wrong person", said McCarthy's attorney, Jonathan Shapiro.

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Bond explained the inconsistencies were due to her heavy usage of drugs in 2015 and being traumatized by the death of her daughter.

Prosecutors had charged McCarthy with first-degree murder, but the judge said jurors could also consider two lesser charges - second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

After McCarthy's conviction Monday, his defense attorney maintained that Bond was the true killer. As part of a plea deal, she will get time served and two years of probation. The judge, who is overseeing both cases, said Bond's sentence would not be imposed until the conclusion of McCarthy's trial, reported CBS Boston.

"Who is the real Michael McCarthy?".

Rachelle Bond testifies in Suffolk Superior Court under questioning from assistant district attorney David Deakin in Boston on Monday, June 5, 2017. "She was a demon, '" she testified.

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McCarthy's lawyer aggressively cross-examined Bond about why she didn't call police or report her daughter's death to anyone.

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