Man arrested, charged with New Bedford half-murder – CBS Boston

NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – A 53-year-old man has been indicted in the 2001 chilling murder case of Rose Marie Moniz of New Bedford.

David Reed, formerly of Acushnet and New Bedford, was indicted last week, accused of murdering his half-sister. He was also indicted in September in connection with the 2003 New Bedford murder and robbery plot to kill and rob Maribel Martinez-Alegria.

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“I am pleased to announce the charges related to the previously unsolved cold case of Rose Marie Moniz. She was a mother who was brutally murdered within the sanctity of her own home,” said District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

Moniz was beaten with hearth wax, conch shells and a cast-iron kettle – with broken bones and injuries to the face of his skull as well as the rest of his body. Her wallet was empty on the floor and the cash was lost.

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In 2019, investigators from Quinn’s Cold Cases Unit studied photos from Moniz’s murder, noting that the perpetrator would have to put his fingers inside the conch shell to hold it firmly enough. sure to attack Moniz. They asked the criminal lab to examine the inside of the shell, which revealed a full DNA profile that matched Reed’s.

Reed was interviewed by State Police in August 2020, after which he fled to Alabama, Quinn said, and over the next year, traveled to California, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, before being arrested. in September in Providence. Rescue Mission shelter.

Alegria was assaulted in June 2003. She was hit in the head with a tire and pretended to be dead while the perpetrator stole her purse. Reed was arrested and charged, but he did not appear for trial.

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“These are some of the worst cases we’ve seen, and many families have been waiting for years hoping for answers and some measure of justice,” Quinn County District Attorney said. Man arrested, charged with New Bedford half-murder – CBS Boston


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