A prosecutor added intriguing twists to the murder case
against Daniel Bradley and Paul Moccia on Friday, saying both men shot their victim, that an incinerator was used to dispose of the body and that Bradley helped Moccia as part of a plot intended to lead to another man's slaying.
Judge Paul Chernoff ordered Bradley, 48, of Westwood, and Moccia, 49, of Dedham, to continue to be held without bail. The two were arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court Friday on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Angel A. Ramirez, 37, of Framingham.
The more explosive twist revealed Friday was an accusation involving Bradley's fiancee, Shannon Murphy, and her ex-boyfriend, Jesse Sheridan. Nelson said Bradley helped Moccia with Ramirez in exchange for Moccia helping Bradley "take out Mr. Sheridan."
"Mr. Bradley wanted me dead," declared Sheridan, 32, of Norton in the courtroom hallway afterwards, as reporters talked with the defendants' lawyers.
Sheridan said he and Murphy have a 6-year-old daughter, but Murphy broke up with him in 2006, about five months before she got together with Bradley.
Sheridan said he already knew Bradley was out to get him - he claimed he is sure Bradley was somehow involved in a 2007 assault on him in Milford - but, "I didn't know it was a swap."
While Nelson famously said in June that Bradley took the body into the concrete business, where it was dismembered and eventually "cooked," the emphasis changed during Friday's court hearing.
"Mr. Bradley cut up the body, and initially the term that was used was that the body was going to be cooked," Nelson said, adding that it turns out an incinerator was used.
"At this time we still don't know where that incinerator is located, or where the body is," the prosecutor said.
David Traub, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said "cooked" is a slang term supposedly used by the defendants, not by law enforcement.
Reddington and Moccia's lawyer, Steven Boozang, vigorously defended their clients, who were indicted by a grand jury Aug. 30.
"You can indict a ham sandwich. It doesn't take a lot of evidence to get an indictment against anybody for anything
," Reddington argued.
He said of Bradley, "I am personally appalled that this man has been held without bail in that jail on the slim evidence the government is presenting to you."
Reddington said that with power equipment and cutting tools at the Walpole site of R.J. Bradley Co. Inc., it is "within the realm of normalcy" that there would be blood there
. He also pointed out that a cell tower ping might not mean that the phone user was actually near there.