Jury Deadlocked in Second Trial of Man Accused of Killing Weymouth Police Officer and Bystander

DEDHAM, Massachusetts – The jury in the trial of Emanuel Lopes, a Massachusetts man accused of murdering a Weymouth police officer and an innocent bystander, will continue deliberations on Wednesday after informing the judge of a deadlock on Monday. Lopes, 26, is facing charges for shooting and killing Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna and Weymouth resident Vera Adams in July 2018. This is Lopes’ second trial after a mistrial was declared last year due to an unresolved verdict. The jury began deliberating on Thursday after receiving instructions from Judge Beverly Cannone at Dedham Superior Court. … Read more

Second Trial Begins for Emanuel Lopes in Weymouth Police Officer and Resident’s 2018 Murder Case

WEYMOUTH, Mass. – Emanuel Lopes, 26, will face opening arguments on Wednesday in his second trial for the 2018 murders of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and Weymouth resident Vera Adams, according to a spokesperson for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office. Lopes’ first trial resulted in a mistrial on July 10, when a juror refused to continue deliberations, causing a hung jury. The retrial jury was selected from Bristol Superior Court in Taunton, under a change-of-venue request granted by Judge Beverly Cannone. Lopes’ defense attorney, Larry Tipton, argued that selecting a local jury for the … Read more

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 … Read more

Second Trial to Commence in Weymouth Double-Murder Case of Sgt. Chesna and Vera Adams: What New Evidence Will Emerge?

Weymouth, Massachusetts – Jury selection is set to commence on Monday for the retrial of Emanuel Lopes, a 26-year-old facing murder charges for the 2018 deaths of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and Weymouth resident Vera Adams. Lopes’ first trial ended in a mistrial on July 10 when one juror refused to continue deliberations. The new trial will take place at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, with jurors being selected at Bristol Superior Court in Taunton. Lopes’ defense attorney, Larry Tipton, successfully argued for a jury from outside Norfolk County, citing the extensive media coverage … Read more