Son of Red Sox broadcaster charged with murder
WALTHAM, Mass. —
The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy pleaded not guilty Friday to fatally stabbing his girlfriend a day after he was released from custody for allegedly assaulting her.
Jared Remy was arraigned in Waltham District Court on charges of murder and domestic assault and battery in the Thursday night killing of Jennifer Martel, 27.
Police officers responding to several 911 calls went to a Waltham apartment complex at about 10 p.m. Thursday and found Martel on an outside patio with multiple stab wounds, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
In court, prosecutors described a brutal and determined attack, saying the 34-year-old Remy assaulted Martel in the kitchen, living room, on a stairway and then pinned her to the ground in the patio where he stabbed her several times. Neighbors who tried to help Martel were driven back when Remy slashed at them, Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Lisa McGovern told a judge.
Remy was arrested at the scene, his clothes soaked in the victim's blood.
On Wednesday, Remy had been released on personal recognizance in an open assault and battery case in which Martel was the alleged victim, Ryan said. The there was no active restraining order against him, she said.
Remy has a violent criminal history, including a total of 15 criminal charges since 1998, according to Waltham court records. He has been accused of assaulting five people - including four women - and was involved in at least three restraining orders, including one in which he was the plaintiff.
"He was violent and I predicted many years ago that he may kill her," Martel's uncle, Richard Martel, told NBC 10.
"He wouldn't let her go anywhere, she couldn't associate with family. It was like a prison."
Remy was ordered held without bail. His attorney, Peter Bella, said he was trying to figure out what happened leading up to Martel's stabbing, pointing out that his client had what could be described as defensive wounds. He called her death a tragedy.
Police said the couple's 4-year-old daughter was in the apartment when Martel was killed. She's now in the custody of state child welfare officials.
Jerry Remy is a former Red Sox second baseman who has been a color analyst on team broadcasts on the New England Sports Network since 1988. He has struggled with health problems in recent years.
The Red Sox did not immediately return a call for comment, but NESN released a two-sentence statement lamenting the tragedy.
"All of us at NESN and the Red Sox, along with Jerry Remy, are filled with grief for everyone involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Jennifer Martel," the statement read.
NESN said later in a separate statement that Dennis Eckersley will fill in for Jerry Remy for games through next weekend. Network spokesman Gary Roy did not respond to calls and an email for clarification.
Like his father, Jared Remy was once an employee of the Red Sox.
However, he was fired in 2008 after allegations that he and another individual had distributed steroids, according to the Boston Globe.
The steroid allegations eventually led Major League Baseball authorities to investigate the team itself for possible steroid use. In a 2009 interview with the Globe, Jared Remy admitted to being a steroid user and acknowledged that he had once beat an ex-girlfriend in 2005.
Jerry Remy's other two children, son Jordan, and daughter, Jenna, have also had issues with the law.
Jordan Remy was charged in 2010 with indecent assault after he allegedly grabbed a woman's crotch at a bar. Jenna Remy was arrested a month ago after she allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend's home and kicked a police officer.
Richard Martel told NBC 10 that Jennifer Martel grew up in Fall River but also lived in Dartmouth before graduating from Taunton High School.
Martel was described as a huge sports fan who had strong ties to her friends and family.
"She was kind and outgoing. She didn't have a mean bone in her body. I never saw her being rude to anyone," Richard Martel told the Herald News.
Martel told NBC 10 that he used to brag that his niece went out with Jerry Remy's son.
Fall River residents said they were shocked when they heard for the news.
"It's amazing because everything's been going down between the Red Sox, the Patriots and with him doing this. I'm sorry for Jerry to be going through what he's going through right now. This is probably a big thing for him," said Eleanor Sprague of Fall River.
"Just puts a real sour note on Boston sports actually between the Patriots, Jerry Remy. I mean I followed Jerry Remy his whole career when the played for the Angels and the Red Sox," said Brian Burton of Fall River.
NBC 10 contributed to this report.