Jury Selection Commences for Retrial of Man Charged in Weymouth Officer and Bystander Killings

Jury selection commenced today for the retrial of a man accused of the 2018 killings of a police sergeant and a bystander in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Emmanuel Lopes is facing charges in the death of Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams. The case previously resulted in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision following weeks of testimony and deliberation.

If convicted, Lopes could face life in prison. During the initial trial, his lawyer argued that Lopes has a history of mental illness, which has contributed to his alleged irrational behavior. If Lopes is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he could be sent to a mental health facility.

The retrial comes five years after the killings, which occurred when Lopes reportedly attacked Chesna with a rock during his arrest for erratic driving and vandalism. Prosecutors have alleged that Lopes took Chesna’s gun during a struggle and shot the officer eight times in the chest and head. Lopes is also accused of shooting Adams, who was in her home’s sunroom at the time.

Throughout the first trial, jurors were taken to various locations associated with the shootings in Weymouth. These included the Queen Anne’s Gate Apartments, where Lopes allegedly took his ex-girlfriend’s white BMW, as well as the intersection of Main Street and Columbian Street, where Lopes allegedly crashed into another vehicle. Burton Terrace was another location where the shootings took place.

Witnesses provided testimony during the trial, recounting their encounters with a white BMW driver on the morning of the incident. Lopes’ ex-girlfriend, Mary Cronin, testified about their tumultuous relationship and Lopes’ alleged infidelity and instability. She explained that Lopes exhibited signs of increased distress and anger when facing homelessness and claimed that he expressed beliefs in government conspiracies and the need for a rewriting of history.

The retrial aims to bring closure to the families of Sgt. Chesna and Vera Adams, who tragically lost their lives in the incident. As the proceedings unfold, the new jury will consider the evidence presented to determine Lopes’ fate.

In summary, the retrial of Emmanuel Lopes, accused of killing a police sergeant and a bystander in Weymouth, Massachusetts, has commenced with jury selection. Lopes faces charges related to the deaths of Sgt. Michael Chesna and Vera Adams. If convicted, Lopes could be sentenced to life in prison, although his lawyer has argued that his actions were driven by mental illness. The new trial seeks to reach a resolution after the previous case ended in a mistrial.