DEDHAM, Mass. – The widow of a Massachusetts cop lashed out at the man accused of killing her husband in an emotional and colorful outburst following a court hearing on Thursday.
Emanuel Lopes, 21, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, “including two counts each of murder” in connection with the slayings of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna, 42, and Vera Adams, 77, on July 15, the Boston Herald reported.
Cynthia Chesna, the officer’s widow, yelled at Lopes as he was led out of the courtroom.
“You’re a piece of s***, you f****** motherf*****,” Cynthia Chesna shouted as Lopes left.
Then, the recently widowed woman began sobbing, her momentary flash of anger replaced by her immeasurable sadness over the death of her husband and father of their two children.
“He is an evil person for what he did to my husband,” Chesna told officers who escorted her from the courtroom, according to the Boston Globe.
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Lopes was accused of stealing his girlfriend’s car before leading officers on a vehicle pursuit on July 15. He crashed into a car and fled the collision, police said.
Chesna responded to the scene where a man reported to police that a rock “half the size of a soccer ball” came through his window, prosecutors said. The man also told officers he saw Lopes holding the rock, Boston 25 News reported.
When the officer drew his weapon and commanded Lopes to stop, the suspect reportedly attacked Chesna with the rock and struck him in the head. As a result, Chesna fell to the ground where Lopes took the officer’s gun and shot him eight times, according to reports.
Moreover, Lopes is accused of shooting Vera Adams, a bystander who was near the scene and standing at her home, authorities said.
Lopes was later shot in the leg by police.
Larry Tipton, Lopes’ attorney, asked that he be released on cash bail on Thursday and be held in a mental health facility.
“His mental health history is well documented,” Tipton told Judge Peter Krupp.
However, Judge Peter Krupp ordered Lopes held without bail.